Imagine a piece of shimmering, white, silk stretched on a frame. You dip your brush into some liquid dye and touch it to the silk. Instantly there’s an explosion of brilliant color as the dye spreads over the silk. Add another color and the dyes dance together on the silk, moving and blending as they go. Add water or salt, and spontaneous organic textures develop and take on a life of their own. It's fun to watch the dyes and silk interact - I hope you'll enjoy the outcome in my wearable and hangable silk art!

I use several different types of silk in my work, from sheer chiffon to heavyweight dupioni. Each has its own personality, each dances differently with the dyes. In my basic technique I brush liquid dyes onto stretched, white silk. For clearly defined shapes, I use either gutta resist to enclose the dyes, (serti technique) or wax to mask dyed areas (batik technique). Movement of the fluid dyes is a characteristic feature of silk painting, and as they dry, the dyes create spontaneous and unpredictable textural effects. As the dyes move and merge on the silk, the result is a creation that can never be reproduced exactly, so that each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.

I love that painting on silk is such an interactive process, filled with life. It’s a dance between the artist, the liquid, transparent colors spreading across the surface, and the silk itself, which influences how the dyes react with it. I love the way the already luminescent silk develops extra sparkle when it is dyed. As they dry, the dyes create spontaneous and unpredictable, organic textural effects, making each piece a unique surprise. What’s not to love?


current/upcoming events

Spring Daze

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fred G. Bond Metro Park, Cary NC

I'm in booth #F30

Join us as we celebrate 22 years of Spring Daze in Fred G. Bond Park, Cary’s 310-acre urban park. Nestled under the shady canopy of Bond Park, Spring Daze features over 180 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. Spring Daze features the best of North Carolina’s diverse arts and crafts community!

Spring Daze layout. My location is circled in red. Click to see larger.


Village Art Circle

Faces and Places:  
The Latest Works of Karol Tucker and Lori White

Opening Reception: Final Friday April 24th, 6-9 pm

Through May 27th

Ashworth Village, 200 S Academy Street, Suite 130, Cary NC


ARTSPLOSURE

May 15 - 17, 2015
Fayetteville St., Downtown Raleigh NC
Fri & Sat 11-7; Sun 10-5

 

2015 marks the first year that the festival is THREE days and has the Art Market and live music stages on Fayetteville Street. Kidsplosure remains on just Saturday and Sunday and is centered in Moore Square. The free festival features dozens of events, such as:

  • Art Market with more than 170 visual arts and crafts exhibitors from across North Carolina and the nation
  • Kidsplosure, showcasing multiple interactive educational activities and entertainment for children and their parents
  • Specially-commissioned, large-scale, interactive visual art installations
  • Aerialists and/or other unique variety performers
  • Student Art Exhibition, showcasing two- and three-dimensional artwork of Wake County public and private middle and high school students
  • Ongoing performances by legends and rising stars from the national and regional Jazz, Blues, and Alternative music scenes.