Painting on silk
Silk is still a fabric which inspires me most in my works. Due to its smoothness, fineness, silky shine, gentleness, but also its extreme durability and other characteristics which make it a real fabric queen, silk has always been a fabric which only the rich could afford (emperors, kings, nobility). Its impeccable shine cannot be replaced, not even by the best artificial fabrics. From ancient times, silk has been painted and nowadays presents an integral part of fashion in works of most famous world creators. When painting, silk creates many challenges for me thanks to its unpredictability.
The beauty of painting cannot be put in words, it should be experienced. The process requires fast and skillful work as silk is quick to dry. Seconds matter here. If reacting too late, nothing can be done, repairs do not exist when it comes to silk. You cannot control silk completely because it goes its way until dry. One should really like silk painting and be patient when working, otherwise s/he will give up soon. This is one of the most difficult art techniques, but it is very interesting and unpredictable process which constantly offers new challenges. Since this technique is not very famous in our country and is not very often, it presents a challenge to me. Using this technique, I want to show something different from other techniques. The most common motive is a rose because rose is the queen of flowers and the main motive in any kind of art.
My works can be found across all five continents. Mostly I sent them as unique gifts to my business partners. Scarves, headscarves, clothes and paintings with a motive of a rose today can be found in Jerusalem, Budapest, Rome, Belgrade, Florence, Amsterdam, German cities, in India, China – which is a cradle of silk work – and in the far away Australia. Here it should be mentioned I painted a female tunic made of natural silk, which is in possession of a violinist of a symphony orchestra from Rome. All objects are unique with no copies, they present a part of my personality and my own way towards art expression.
Lately, much has been written and spoken about Croatia's having strong contact with silk craftsmanship and raising of silkworms. It has also been stated that silk was one of the most significant industries from the last quarter of C18 to the first quarter of C20 in Croatia. About ten years ago, a female association “Deša” from Dubrovnik started with traditional raising of silkworms, which were at risk of extinction. Silk threads are woven into valuable clothes and into a unique original souvenir. For decades, a famous folklore festival “Đakovački vezovi” has offered a way of preserving the tradition of Slavonian culture, especially of silk folk costume, embroidery and silk applications.
Pure white silk for painting is hard to get today, and since my husband is the owner of a private company “VIT COMMERCE“ Ltd., textile trade, wholesale and retail, which exports and imports fabrics, often he is my supplier of Italian silk for painting.
- LITTLE PILLOWS