Hand painted silk. This is a steampunk design. Steampunk is a sub classification of science fiction fantasy. Steampunk imagery is often mechanical/Victorian and wild west in nature. Karla Kay Art designs often incorporate 3 dimensional images and perspectives to create depth. This hand drawn and hand painted one of a kind, original silk charmeuse scarf can be worn or hung on the wall. The original piece is 14" X 71". The design is drawn on by hand with a material called resist. Resists are made from different ingredients from wax (think batik) to soap, grease, rice paste and gum arabic. The resist works like a fence border to keep the dyes from spreading out and allows for crisp design edges. The design once drawn on is then painted in with silk dyes using watercolor techniques. The completed piece is then steamed to "fix" the dye to make it a permanent part of the silk material. Once steaming is completed the piece is washed, sewn and ready for use or display.
January 11th, 2017
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