Burnie Shines…. Silk fashion and Silk Painting workshops


As part of Burnie Shines annual celebrations in Burnie I have some silk garments in a fashion parade…. Art 2 Wear.
http://www.burnieshines.com/Date/10-October-2013
Exciting. One night only. I will post some pics after the event on October 10. Hopefully showing the maodels wearing the garments, if not the items on coathangers (not quite the same).
Also 2 WORKSHOPS
on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October at Burnie Makers Workshop. Have a go at painting on silk and create a special handmade Christmas gift while enjoying the flow of dyes on silk. If you love colour you will love this.
http://www.burnieshines.com/Events/Workshop-Silk-Painting-Watercolour-Technique
Click the link for the Sunday workshop details… watercolour technique (put the image in a card or do a slightly larger one to frame.
FOR THE SATURDAY WORKSHOP… MAKE A SILK BROOCH USING SALT TECHNIQUE
http://www.burnieshines.com/Events/Workshop-Silk-Painting
Busy, busy with Deloraine Craft Fair fast approaching too.

Kids for a Creative Future Project… silk painting


These colourful cards contain silk paintings using the salt technique, done at a small workshop at Eastern Shore Community House, East Devonport, Tasmania today. Lovely people… all co-operative, so involved, very polite …. just loved it. I think it is nice for everyone to go home with a finished product and, as we made badges last time, this time we put the paintings into cards. Most of the children give them to their parents. I just love that parents are so special to them. They are nearly always the first people the youngsters think of when sharing something special. And wouldn’t any parent feel special receiving any of these? ESCH silk workshop Thank you to ESCH for asking me to tutor this session and thank you to TRA for funding this successful project……..Children for a Creative Future.

New Silk Scarf sets


I have been immersed (not literally) in the lovely colours of silk dyes lately as I prepare for Tasmania’s big Craft Fair at Deloraine which is on in the first weekend of November. Each handpainted scarf has a matching big brooch which can act as a pin to hold the scarf in place or worn separately. the brooch on the blue scarf is an encaustic painting while the others are all original silk miniature paintings.

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Silk Brooch Workshop at Burnie Makers


I had a wonderful time at Burnie Makers Workshops showing people the magic of painting on silk and patterning with salt. We made our small paintings into brooches…. I do love this workshop [which I have now run a number of times] as it suits all ages and can be taken in a small space.  It shows beautiful art can be made without needing skills in drawing. And everyone gets a wearable art item for themselves or as a special gift. I provide all the gear so all get to use beautiful soft artist quality squirrel hair brushes.

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To book a workshop for adults and/or children for your group/ school/ event please contact me.

WYNYARD EXHIBITION…… “TOUCH”


“Touch” is the title of my exhibition at Wonders of Wynyard in September. I will hang the works on Sunday 2nd, and the exhibition will conclude on Sunday 30th.

About the exhibition…….  TOUCH… tactile experiences, textures,  “touching”  emotional experiences, keeping in touch…….  there are many ways the term touch can be explored. What started as a look at creating textures in my paintings has grown into a wider exploration of “Touch”.

You are invited to the LAUNCH on SATURDAY 8th September at 2.30  

Shown here are two of the works to be hung. The wave uses mixed media including collage to build up the range of textures experienced in rugged coastal areas. The semi abstracted landscape was painted in watercolour technique including the use of salt on beautiful, soft silk. Having done some computer art I strongly feel that the tactile experiences… the touch of the materials including the flow of brushstrokes….. is a critical element in my art experiences.

New silk artworks


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With the Makers Workshops in Burnie promoting me as a watercolourist specializing in silk painting I have been focusing my efforts lately on more silk works. Here is a sample…. a tie with geometric design of flat areas of colour contrasting with the lovely patterns of the salt technique, silk scarves (always popular) with free flow colour and  floral designs of garden flowers using gutta , matching brooches/scarf rings to hold the scarf in place or wear as a complementary accessory, one only silk pendant of a tiny painting under kiln formed system 96 glass, one large soft lightweight shawl in vibrant autumn tones (sold) and  cards combining encaustic with silk fibres …… more to come.

Silk Painting workshop


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I had such a lovely day with 23 young people (primary school age) at Burnie Regional Art Gallery. I am impressed, as I am sure you will be, with the silk paintings they did. FANTASTIC!!!! We did not use gutta to draw shapes to fill in with colour. Instead I wanted them to Go with the Flow (title of the workshop) using the free flowing dyes in watercolour technique. They handled this well without muddying the colours. It is quite a challenge for young people who generally like an illustrative style. They all understood and I am proud of the way they approached the task and the results obtained. Each child chose one favorite of their 3 small paintings to mount into a card for a professional looking finished product.

Evelyn