New work!

Apr. 17th, 2014 10:48 am
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I'm working on a series of new silk paintings for my Exhibition in June. Each one will be approx A1 size!

Here's a sneak preview of one of the pieces ...

You can find out more about my exhibition (4th-20th June, West End Centre, Aldershot) on my website I really hope you will be able to attend.
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It's been a busy month. I'm a year older, the trees are starting to go slightly brown at the edges, and I'm going back to University in a month's time to do an Art & Design Diploma!

One of the big highlights was the Guild of Silk Painters Festival, held at Wanstead House in East London. The screen which the Essex Branch made for the Branch Challenge was amazing! Here's a picture:

This is the "KaleidosCape", which Surrey members worked so hard to produce:

As part of the Festival, we also had people from Quilts for London, a selection of other workshops, "have a go" sessions, and an exhibition of members' work on the theme of Kaleidoscope. I had three items in the exhibition - a scarf, a cushion and a small picture.

I went on a one day wax workshop with Sue Thomas. It was useful to have a whole day to work on layering, and I feel I understand it better now. Working from light to dark, for me, feels somewhat like working in reverse. This piece still needs the rest of the wax ironing out, and may turn into a cushion cover later. I enjoyed working with the wax brush. This piece had at least 10 different coats of wax on it, including a crackle layer at the end.

I'm working on some new fused glass pieces at the moment, so these will probably come up in my next update.

In other news, today I have been reading Jane Brocket's Blog, which is really interesting and quite inspirational. She's the author of books such as The Gentle Art of Knitting and The Gentle Art of Quilt Making.

This afternoon I decided to make biscuits, using an old recipe out of the Readers Digest book "The Cookery Year". However, I was out of some of the ingredients so decided to be creative and make something up! They came out rather well ...

Recipe: Makes about 48 large (2 inch approx) biscuits. If you want to use half an egg, you can halve the quantities!
5 oz granulated sugar
5 oz Olivio (olive spread)
12 oz wholemeal self raising flour
1 egg (beaten)
2 tbsp golden syrup
2 tbsp lemon juice

(You could add lemon peel or sultanas if you like.)

Beat sugar and olivio
Add egg
Add flour, golden syrup and lemon juice

Spoon heaped teaspoons on to teflon sheet on baking tray (you can roll into little balls and squash with fork if you prefer - this will make a lot more biscuits!)

Bake for 12 mins in fan oven pre-heated to 180c.
They will expand a bit.

Remove from tray and cool on baking rack.


(Recipe (c) Jane Cameron 2011)

I post more regular updates (shorter ones!) on my FB fan page, so do pop over and say hello! Or you can visit my website ( for more information on my silk painting courses and to shop online.
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I have been really busy recently working on my City & Guilds course in Silk Painting. Here's a fantastic shibori scarf I made:

I made this by wrapping the silk round a large beer bottle, securing it with string (lots of string!) and then painting it and leaving it to dry naturally.
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We had a fantastic first meeting of Surrey and London Silk Artists (SaLSA) this afternoon. June, Laura and I met up in the Mad Hatter and had a fantastic conversation about all sorts of interesting things. We have gone away inspired to create!

We looked at examples of our work - June had done some fantastic things with devore and chiffon, and told us about her latest commissions; I brought some samples of microwave dyeing and some pictures; and Laura told us about her felting and her recent projects.

We talked about
* Dyeing silk in the microwave
* Craft fairs and exhibitions we had been to, or that were coming up in the near future
* Teaching taster sessions
* Ways to take good photographs with digital cameras
* The best way to display silk scarves, and techniques for making screens
* Felting chiffon
* Mounting multi-layer pieces

We are looking forward to the next meeting, which will be on Sunday 10th April (see website for further details, and hope to see you there.

This is not just for people who currently paint on silk - anyone with an interest is most welcome to attend.
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Had a great time at the Alternative Bring and Buy Sale in London last Sunday:

It got me all inspired and I decided to make these two scarves. They are hand painted on beautiful medium weight silk, 40x150cms.



£35 each. Hand washable and dry cleanable.

Three this size could be made into a fantastic folding screen for your room, set into a wooden hinged frame, for £199. Note that each scarf would be slightly different, as these are individually designed and made.

Indicative sample:
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I had a fantastic time at The Arc in Caterham on Saturday.

I got some lovely comments - a photographer from the Surrey Mirror was there, and took some photos of my glass window stars, so hopefully they will make it into the paper! Check out the website after Thursday...

I will be taking part in their next two fairs on Saturday 2nd October and Saturday 4th December, so really hope to see you there!

In other news, I will be at Dark Mills Festival of Gothic Arts and Alternative Culture this year - Sat 4th - Sun 5th September 2010 at Merton Abbey Mills, Colliers Wood, South London.

More details when I have them!


In latest art & craft news, I have made some beautiful scarves out of silk chiffon, which are now up in my gallery:

I have started to design my first range of fused glass Christmas Decorations ... watch this space!
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This is fantastic fun, and a great introduction to marbling on silk. It's also a much more simple process than "proper" marbling, and gives some beautiful results.

Equipment and instructions under the cut ... Read more... )
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I was looking for some links on how to do work on silk with discharge paste, and found this instead:

It's printing on fabric ... with a real fish! I HAVE to try this sometime!

Silk ties

Apr. 22nd, 2010 11:00 pm
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A selection of my silk painted ties:

Tea cosy!

Apr. 19th, 2010 12:40 am
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I made a tea cosy:

Hand dyed, pieced and sewn silk fabric, lined with cotton. This beautiful and delicate tea cosy brings a touch of nature to the table, serving as an unique piece of art as well as a functional object. The colours have been chosen to provide a relaxing teatime experience.

I have entered this in the National Needlework Archive "Make a Tea Cosy" Competition.
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My silk scarves are now up in the gallery on my website:

Many thanks to [ profile] darklily for the photography!
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My poor silk painting hasn't had much of a look-in over the last couple of weeks as I've been so excited about my new kiln! I had started to make a silk painted tea cosy for the National Needlework Archive Tea Cosy Competition - closing date is end of the week so I'd better get on with it!

There have been changes at the Guild of Silk Painters - we have a new Journal Editor, who is also a new member of our branch, so that is going to be fun. Surrey Branch has now been running for 5 years, which is wonderful. I had no idea when I originally set it up that it would still be going now.

I have had some lovely comments about my "illuminated letters" cards, and have sold the last of my "ties with boats on".
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This was the result of our second session ... I decided to try a larger piece, with a more open weave, as all the ones I had done so far had quite a solid feel to them.

This was the result:

Click here for process pics! )
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This dissolvable fabric panel was made entirely from bits of silk out of my "leftovers" box. Those bits you never quite know what to do with, but hang on to just because you don't want to throw them away.

Coloured sewing thread is really exciting! If you leave white on the bobbin and put the colour on the top you get these slightly dotted lines, which are rather fun!

Big picture here: Read more... )

I might put beads on this later, and then hide it behind a layer of chiffon and put it on the front of a cushion...
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As per previous post, I started making this panel on Sunday. It's now finished, and I think it's fantastic!

Larger pics of front and back below the cut. I think the back view is really interesting and will definitely be doing more like it in the future - the back is offcuts of silk I had from previous projects...
Read more... )
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I've had the most FUN afternoon! Doing dissolvable fabric panels with my silk painting group!

It was so fun that when they all went home I carried on and have made a second panel and turned it into cards, and started a more intricate THIRD panel and it's all done bar the beading!

I have also sorted my "stuff" stash into colours, which will make it easier to do coordinating panels... hadn't realised quite how much I had until I got it out for them to have a play with ...

Have a taster picture!

This one isn't finished, but it's so fantastic I had to share it now! I need to finish beading the other poppies, and then wash off the dissolvable fabric, so it's not too far off... I've done at least 2-3 hours on it already ... argh! Oh well, it's great fun and is getting me used to using the sewing machine!

It has some quite complicated machining on it (see second picture below!) ... and also has quite a lot of hand painted silk on the lower layers. The poppies are made from merino wool tops.
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I sent a couple of items off for the National Needlework Archive Christmas Exhibition. This has just closed, and I have heard back from the organisers:

"Many thanks for letting us have the scarf and picture for our exhibition. They were much admired and people were interested in a workshop."

Sounds really promising - I will be following this up!

Geeky ties

Dec. 9th, 2009 11:03 pm
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Backs: (in reverse order!)Read more... )
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I did a session on "wax on silk" at the weekend for Surrey Branch members.
We looked at different types of wax and how they react on the silk.
We did work with kiskas and brushes, and some stamping.
We also did crackling, which gave some great results.

These are a couple of sample pieces:

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