Silk: The Elegance of a Timeless Textile
Who knew there were so many types of Silk fabrics? Silk charmeuse, silk chiffon, china silk habotai lining, silk suiting, silk satin, silk gazar and silk organza…and more. Known for special occasion, home decorating and wearable art, silk is actually more and more present in our lives. We met with an artist from Lithuania, who accidentally discovered her passion and talent for the art of painting silk scarves. Rita, founder of Silk Intuition, tells us all we need to know about this sacred and meticulous practice: Silk painting.
What is your preferred silk fabric, and why?
I work with silk Chiffon, Ponge (sometimes called Habotai) and Crepe de chine.
It is so simple to find them in silk supply shop! But – these are fabrics commonly used in silk painting, each of them have a different look, touch, thickness and weight.
Chiffon is very light, almost transparent, mysterious, it requires very specific skills to work with it as absorbs very small amount of painting.
Crepe de Chine is a heavy luxury silk. Mat look. Wall hanging paintings look best on this fabric. It absorbs lots of paints. Paintings look rich and clear on such a fabric.
Ponge is heavier than chiffon but still a very light silk. This is silk I would recommend for beginners.
Where is your love for flowers coming from? Why did you decide to focus your work on flowers?
One day I decided to paint a scarf as a gift for my mother-in-law (my very first scarf) and I found a floral calendar that inspired me. I then made another scarf for my grandmother, my aunt, my mother, sister etc… and I found myself with a full collection of floral scarves!
I also just love flowers and I believe most women do. Flowers always make a day brighter and I hope that adding a floral detail on a casual fit can make the same magical effect.
I currently work on a series of 12 scarves called “Flower of the month” where I incorporate ladybugs, grasshoppers, doves, swans, hedgehogs, deer and more animals to complete the design but the main theme is Flowers 🙂
Tell about your design and coloring process.
Idea – design – scale – sketch – color palette
Sometimes I just envision colors and create a design according to what they inspire me. Ideas may come in various ways: driving out of the city, working in my yard or even watching Kung Fu Panda with my son 🙂
I always create the design myself and then look for inspiration online for floral details.
And only then starts the real work: stretching the silk, drawing the design and painting. For me, drawing and coloring the background are the most important steps. Only after that, you can add colors from the chosen palette, that’s the most beautiful but also the longest part!
What has been your biggest challenge?
One of the most challenging thing for me is working with very light and very dark colors on one single piece. There is always a danger for the darker paint to run and stain lighter parts and that is very hard to manage, take off or hide.
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Written by Keenobby Team