I have been learning silkpainting for several years now, and it is my favourite form of art. A silkpainting is made by building up layers of dye and resist. Below is a picture of the phoenix scarf, half-completed, along with a gif of the final, completed version. Once a layer of dye is painted, it cannot be removed; therefore, silkpainting starts with the lightest shades of dye desired, and darker layers are built on top. A nonpolar resist is applied to "lock in" the colour at a certain layer: where resist is painted, the colour will remain the same, and further layers of dye will not touch that spot. Many layered lines of resist and dye were used to create the texture on the feathers in the scarf shown below. After every layer of dye, the piece is steamed for several hours to fix the dye onto the silk fibers. This prevents unneccessary distortion of previous layers of dye, although some distortion always happens due to the fluid motion of the dye on the wet fabric. Once all layers are completed, dry cleaning removes the resist and restores the texture of the silk, creating a lustrous, vivid, and soft painting. If you are interested in commissioning a silkpainting of any size, please scroll down to the commissions section.
I also greatly enjoy woodburning. Using various shaped metal tips that are heated using electric current, I burn designs into wood and shade them with lower heat. Sometimes I incorporate acrylic paint onto the woodburning to add colour accents; other times, I use a stain or a varnish to add subtle colour. If you are interested in a woodburned family crest or portrait of a pet, please see the commissions section below.
Black Ink and Others
I am available for commissions in any art medium and for any price range. Click here to visit the commissions page to submit a request.
An example of a commissioned silk scarf.
Partly-completed silk scarf, building up the image.
The same scarf, with finished detail.
Commission unique, custom artwork.
How to care for silk artwork.
How to frame silkpaintings or wrap them around canvasses.
Nature Protocols - "Catalytic C-H bond silylation of aromatic heterocycles".
Nature - "Silylation of C-H bonds in aromatic heterocycles...".
Resnick Institute Documentaries - "Element 19".
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