All my life I have collected Kimonos.
I love silk fabric and the way it feels against the skin.
So soft and light, both warm and cool, its radiant colours change with every light that falls on it.
It flows so naturally that every movement become an effortless gliding gesture and a pleasure to watch.
I wanted to make my own.
Being a painter first, I love colour.
So I began dying silk roving that I purchased from China.
Silk takes colour so well and allows so many subtle shades that I thrilled at the out come of the dying process.
Next, I wanted to make my own fabric.
I wanted to make a fabric that wasn’t dominated by the cultural choices of Japan, as fabulous as they are, but something that would bring a contemporary feel to a pure silk garment.
I didn’t want to use the structure of a loom nor did I want the fuzzy edges of wet felting.
I had to come up with my own method which I did.
I love making large women’s wraps and scarves.
They are really moving paintings that someone can wear.
I begin with white silk roving that I purchase from China.
I dye it various colours and store in Mason Jars displayed on shelves so that I can see all the choices I have for that piece.
I have a large work table that I bring the jars out onto like a large painting palette.
I then pull the fibres out and test them against each other until I find exactly the palette that I am seeking.
I lay out and cut the silk mess that will become the core for the piece.
Laying the dyed silk fibres of different colours, I design the piece on top of the silk core mesh.
I then begin dry needle felting the dyed silk into the mess until I have created the finished design.
I finish the edges and add the pure silk fabric to the back of it ( I have purchased this fabric to line the piece with.)
I put the two fabrics together and add my label.