The Silk is individually painted by the artist assuring you are purchasing an original piece of wearable art. We start with pure white Silk stretched on frames in preparation for dye application. Using high quality professional Silk Dye- made in Paris, France- we choose colors that flow together into a beautiful blend. The Salt Dye pieces are painted using wide art brushes with broad flowing stokes covering the entire area. Then Silk Salt is applied in swoops and curves with the artist manipulating it as she goes. The salt interacts with each dye color to separate and move the colors into fluid lines and textures. The Designer Pictorial pieces are a true piece of individually painted art. Again we start with pure white 100% Silk stretched on a frame. The pictorial design is outlined with a resist that holds dye within the line ~ this is called the Serti technique. Once painting starts the artist works in a watercolour like manner using water and dye to create shades and shapes within the outlined area. The piece is set aside to dry, and then the background is painted using various techniques as alcohol brushing & salting. Overdye Silk painting is a process where the artist dyes the Silk twice. The first application of dye is salted followed by a creative process of line design using resist. After drying the artist dyes areas around the line design to create a unique combination of texture and colour. The finished dye piece is then color set using steam rising up through the Silk. This process takes about 4 hours. After steam setting the Silk is machine washed using a soft detergent that suspends excess dye. Next we press the Silk smooth. Garments are then sewn using our own patterns. The finished Silk is very durable and easy to clean- all pieces are machine washable using a mild soap such as Ivory Liquid dish soap-(no WoolLite though). Immediately after machine washing, remove and tumble dry on low. When traveling with your wearable Silk art, wrinkles can be smoothed by simply spraying with water or hanging in bathroom when you take your shower.
There you have it! Beautiful Hand Painted Wearable Silk for You!
Art Under the Elms at the Dogwood Festival Lewiston Idaho ~ april 27,28,29
Roseberry July Arts and Crafts Fair near McCall, Idaho ~ July 7, 8
Art on the Green Coeur d' Alene, Idaho ~ August 3,4,5
Puyallup Fair Puyallup, Washington ~ Sept. 3 thru 23
Jewel Rag Scarf with Flair Jacket
Hand-painted Silk Accessories and Clothing. Welcome to - Helen Glidden ~ Silk Artist website. Original, One of a Kind, Wearable Art Scarves: The most popular scarf is the 8 x 54 inch salt dye scarf on the salt dye page of this website. We offer many Salt dye color blends with new ones being added frequently. We also offer large square scarves and bandana size salt dye scarves. Designer, pictorial scarves are on the Designer Silk page which features original art designs. We also offer Designer, pictorial picture purses- very practical little string purses with great designs on them. Clothing includes a variety of jackets- Butterfly, Flair and Kimonos. Look for new designs. See us at Art Fairs around the Northwest (schedule below) or contact Helen at email@example.com We look forward to hearing from you!