Silks by George

The Artist , Georgina Ferguson
I was introduced to the art of silk painting while attending the New Brunswick School of Craft and Design. In the eighties I was a member of the NB, PEI and NS craft councils and attended the majority of council sponsored shows as well as several others. I participated in the Atlantic wholesale shows , growing my wholesale business to include a dozen or more clients.
I have recently moved to the Ottawa area and am happily rejoining the world of textile design , attending local retail shows as well as the Ottawa Farmers Market winter indoor market.

Silks By George is a collection of HandPainted silk designs. I use 100% silk and silk plant blends, each piece starting off white and being transformed into colourful works using several techniques.
The dyes are procion H liquid dyes ,steam fixed to create a complete bond with the fibre. Some of the techniques employed include direct painting ,gutta resist, soy wax resist, discharge paste and over dyeing.
The dyes are painted by brush on the stretched silk, one piece at a time. The steaming process takes two hours and each piece is washed to remove any excess dye, making the silk hand washable at home.

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