We are delighted to invite inspirational artist Hilary Simon back to the Garden House for a two-day workshop teaching the French technique of ‘Painting on Silk’ using gum resist ‘gutta’ and vibrant translucent dyes.
Following an introduction, artist and expert tutor Hilary will demonstrate painting on silk with the gum resist ‘gutta’ and using steam-fix dyes to dye the silk. Other techniques include using salt, layering, alcohol, plus different ways of applying the dyes and gum resist.
Over the two days you will have the time to learn the techniques, experiment and then design and paint a silk square for yourself to take home. Inspired by the autumn garden and other natural forms, you will start by drawing on paper, then transfer this onto the silk material.
The colours flow onto the silk smoothly and paintings evolve like magic – it is easy to grasp the technique, is very rewarding, and results are immediate and gorgeous!
All abilities are welcome.
Day 1: Demonstration by Hilary, with participants practising and making samples on small frames
Day 2: Design a silk square, 38 cms x 38 cms – a perfect size for framing, hanging, or ready to fix and hem for a cushion or a pocket square, or for another decorative use.
You will leave with your silk piece, plus all the information you need to be able to continue at home.
Have a look at Hilary Simon’s website for more wonderful images, plus information about her interesting and creative career. www.hilarysimon.co.uk
Cost: £190 each person – to include all materials, refreshments and a delicious home made vegetarian lunch
Dates: Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November 2019, 10am to 4.30pm each day
Venue: The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT