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Paula Maxfield

Paula uses luxurious silks to create hand painted scarves and ties as Art On Silk Accessories.

Colour and Creativity play a big part in each and every piece, so everything is unique.

"Left college with a BTEC National Diploma in fashion design . . . (a few years ago!) and started to work for myself as a designer dressmaker making bridal and evening wear - mainly working with silk fabrics.

It was 'paint something different' at the local art club one night . . . and I heard that you could paint on silk, so I did with watercolour paints.

That was it. I was hooked! and over 25 years later I am still painting silk and ordering dyes.”

Lately I have taken to embellishing painted silk fused with interfacing, to create little trinket boxes with mainly silver lined glass rocaille beads.

Silk Painting - Painting on Silk is a 'direct' method as it is not easy to remove dye or gutta once it is applied. I decide what I am going to do and how I am going to do it before I put any gutta or colour onto the silk. In this way I can work confidently and purposefully to complete my task before the dye dries.

Shibori is the transfer of dye through layers of fabric by folding, pleating, twisting and then tying or wrapping to create unique one-off designs.

Batik is a different method of painting on silk because selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by wax. the parts covered in wax, resist the dye and remain the original colour. the process of waxing and dyeing is repeated, allowing new colours to be added, creating more elaborate designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed and the cloth can be used.

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