Dress in hand painted silk exploring heron birds and water patterns
Design is based on herons catching fish: water movement gives inspiration for the wavy lines and circles, with streamlet star pattern from a centre point. Silk design colour choices were based on fabrics for the garment inspiration; grey net, grey/brown stretch and brown loose cotton weave.
Blue Herons - Making
Top bodice is a strong stretch lace (grey/brown). Strap pieces cut. Shoulder/sleeve pieces cut. Sleeve pieces have a dart cut, which shapes the shoulder downwards. No depth to sleeves which have grey net added as a hem decoration.
Sleeve/shoulder pieces zig-zag machined to strap pieces. Grey net hand stitched to stretch top, is an afterthought, to use the remainder of the fabric.
Grey voile used as an added hem below silk panels and brown cotton sides.
Click to enlarge photos. See lower main gallery for additional sleeve frills and pearl button with 3 ruched pleats to lift dress at side.
SILK PAINTING PROCESS - Click photos for gallery view
Herons and water ideas are drawn out on large paper.
The final silk painting was cut into two for a heron on each of back and front of dress.
Drawing is taped behind silk pinned on to frame.
Marker outlines can be traced on to silk with water soluble pen when held up to light or on a lightbox. I trace basic outlines, then improvise directly when painting.
Author artist creating the outlines with gutta pippette + dye.
Gutta forms a dried resist line when applying dye, leaving a clear line or coloured with dye.