Where can I buy your work? You can buy my work directly through me, via Etsy, via Fine Art America and via Shop Vida.
How do you keep the dye from spreading on the silk? With the use of a resist. I use all kinds of resist from soy wax and bees/paraffin wax to water soluble resists to permanent guttas, print pastes and glues. There are also chemicals you can put in the silk which inhibit the dye from spreading.
How do you get the dyes on the silk? The dyes are painted on the silk with a paint brush. In general the same tools and techniques that are used in watercolor painting are used in painting on silk. Painting on silk requires additional treatments, a special silk dye and tips and tricks to keep the dye where you want it.
Will the dyes run – how do you wash the silk? The pieces have been steam set. They are color fast. They may be hand washed in cool water, tapped try with a towel and hung over a plastic chair to dry. Please do remember this is a delicate item and not meant to be thrown in the washer and dryer. Throwing silk in a dryer can eliminate the shine and create sueded silk – which is pretty in its own right but maybe not what you want to see happen to your shiny scarf. With proper care your scarf will last for many years to come.
Can you iron the silk? Yes, please iron with the use of an ironing cloth (cloth between the silk and the iron) at the silk setting of your iron. Iron on the reverse side of the design (my signature will be backwards). Note, the steam from the iron is most useful in getting rid of any wrinkles. You can also use a machine called a steamer which just emits steam to get rid of wrinkles in silk (an iron and a steamer are 2 different machines). Alternatively you can hang it in the bathroom when you are taking a shower and the shower steam will take out wrinkles too.
How do you hang the silk wall hangings. If you ask, I can put a loop in the top of your piece. You can then slide a simple dowel through the loop to suspend your piece from. You can then hang the dowel from the wall with 2 small nails or pins on each side or you can attach a string and tie it to each end of the dowel to hang it from 1 small nail/pin. You can also use a piece of metal or hard plastic tubing as long as the ends are not sharp and will not snag your silk when you put it through the loop. Print frames involving magnets are now also available.