2018 has been my summer of using the materials I’ve been making and this bag is a fusion of some of the hand dyed fabric and silk papers. I call it experimental because I want to see how the silk paper holds up on the bag before I offer this type of work for sale. So far it’s holding up well for light everyday use. The bag is 6.5″ x 11″ and the handle is some of the ribbon I’ve been dying. This was the first time I used gunmetal grey in the dyes. Many of the pieces came out with an interesting camouflage look.
Now that I’ve made approximately 100 sheets of paper silk I’m working on ways to use them. One is mixed media collage using a combination of silk paper sheets, paper and vintage silk flowers. I’ve also cut some up for ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) and used some small sections on greeting cards.
As I make and dry the sheets I’ve noticed how nice certain colors look against other colors. It’s inspiring some interesting combinations.
A few years ago I started collecting silk roving with no particular project in mind. I came across a tutorial on Judy Gula’s blog here. and decided to give silk paper making a try. Well, I have a LOT of roving, so lots of photos follow.
I collect materials that will likely end up in a project one day but there’s not always a plan. A lot of these materials have been waiting to come together in some way. I used silk roving, art yarn, Angelina fibers, Japanese metallic threads, paper, sequins, silk carrier rods, hat veils and glitter.
The “paper” is somewhat stiff, but is flexible like fiber. Some are more paper like but most feel like soft textiles. Originally I thought of them as paper that would later be embellished with embroidery and other collage elements. As I made more they became collages in and of themselves.