I have been a professional silk painter for 20 years. Always interested in pattern I first tried painting on silk while studying surface pattern design and textiles. I was immediately hooked by the endless design possibilities the medium offered.
In my silk paintings, I use the traditional gutta resist technique; this is where the design is outlined on pure silk with a resist medium, before painting. The combination of the translucent fabric and the vibrant colours creates unique images.
Silk painting is a passion and I want to share this. An experienced tutor in silk painting with 15 years teaching experience, I offer workshops for all levels of experience at my studio in Buxton, Derbyshire.
If you visit the Peak District, I hope you will take the opportunity to see my work - it's available all year round at several venues including Gallery in the Gardens, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton and the Macclesfield Silk Museum. I also welcome studio visits by appointment. If you can't make it, don't worry, I put all my new work in the Gallery pages and the online shop is regularly updated and I aim to deliver any orders within 3 working days.
As a professional artist and silk painter I belong to several organisations:
- Guild of Silk Painters - A UK organisation which promotes the art of silk painting
- Silk Painters International (SPIN) - Based in US, an organisation for silk painters throughout the world
- Peak District Artisans - A group of high quality, professional artists and makers from the Peak District
- High Peak Artists - A co-operative of award winning artists & craftspeople based in and around the High Peak area
I am also a Craft & Design Selected Maker
The craft & design Selected online gallery features the work of makers in a broad range of media. Whether they weave textiles, forge metal or carve wood, what they have in common is the creativity and skill required to create original, beautiful and desirable items by hand, and in a world where mass produced items are everywhere, these are qualities to be valued.