This is about marbled silk pieces size 35 by 35 inches created for 12 different panels of silk. My lovely assistant, Beth Mueller, used my studio and unique setup to create this very fine series. Each unique piece was mounted inside a large 12 sectioned shelving piece that is placed in her living room.
To accomplish this Beth created a detailed cartoon for what the entire assembled image would be like. Her idea was to produce a purplish sky at the top. Under this she a diagonal sweep of blue and green swirls to represent the sea. At the bottom left other shapes suggest sand shifting.
This was quite an undertaking. It took us five days of work to complete this task. One to prepare the solution and soak the marbled silk in alum. Three to create four squares a day. And a fourth to carefully wash the pieces. A fifth to clean the bath and the many different cups of paints used. We used six times four to produce the various sky, two oceans, and sand sequences.
I think this piece is successful. It takes your breath away when you sit back in front of the piece.
Beth had about a year’s experience with me assisting in my marbling silk for scarves and panels. So she knew what to expect with various hand techniques as one moves tools through the dots of color one lays on the viscous surface. I consider the texture one sees — the speckling — as my “signature”. It is a result of the particular chemistry I use and manipulate to my advantage in my studio. See this very short video of the marbled pieces hanging on the clothes line. Since this is in full daylight the colors are more true than what we took photos of! And enjoy! So have we!