Silk 'paper' is a medium that can be used in almost any aspect of fibre art. Silk is lustrous, slightly transparent, and has a beautiful light to it. Silk is easy to dye - there is nothing quite so exciting as a medium for colour.
Since the publication of Take Silk, Judith Pinnell's first book, which explored the use of tussah silk tops in making silk 'paper', lustrous bombyx silk tops and silk throwster waste have become available as mediums for fibre art. These recent additions are featured in Silk 'Paper' Creations for the Fibre Artist along with a number of innovative approaches that extend the use of silk 'paper' to new heights. Newcomers to silk 'paper' will take up the challenge to create. Those already smitten will find additional avenues to explore. If you are searching for rich colour and texture in your work and delight in the excitement of handling pure silk fibres, this beautifully illustrated book shows the way. There are detailed instructions for working with the different types of silk fibre, and full descriptions enabling the creation of hangings, motifs to be attached to other fabrics, and moulded shapes that include bowls, vases and masks.
Judith Pinnell was born and educated in Australia. She lived in the UK for 29 years where she obtained a City and Guilds Diploma in Embroidery and attended various courses in textile dyeing.
Returning to Perth in 1983 she embarked on a 'journey of discovery' by becoming involved in machine embroidery. She began teaching in Perth, rural Western Australia and interstate, concentrating mainly on machine embroidery, and developing an all-consuming love for colour and texture. Seven years ago she 'discovered' silk paper and the rest, as they say, is history.