I opened the photos in my email and immediately thought of cave drawings.
Carol Law Conklin’s new silk painted scarves not only have the look of those ancient drawings, but the feel as well.
Carol’s batiks always have such a feel, flowing feeling to them. Her new paintings on silk have that same feeling but with a translucency that also gives them a sense of the ethereal.
Carol wrote some about the process in an email to me:
“The silk painting on the scarves is a very different process than batik. I dye the scarf first in sections and sometimes use shibori techniques as part of the early process.
I have fun experimenting outdoors with my dye buckets and use the fiber reactive dye I use for batik, but vinegar is added in the bath as this is a protein fabric. . I have found a few cleaners I can use to lessen the colors as I like ethereal floating effects.
After that I examine the scarves to find what is revealed in the abstractions of the early dyes. I paint on silk as a watercolor technique using silk dyes and can add some details with fabric markers.”
Here’s some more details of Carols Scarves….