Silk Painting for Wearable Art

Have you ever wanted to wear your silk designs out on the town? Now is your opportunity! Think “Fashion Runway meets Etsy!” in this rare opportunity to spend time in the workshop of one of the best Fine Art silk painting artists on the West Coast.
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Host Name(s): Natasha Foucault
Level: All Levels
Programme: On Demand
Duration: 1.5 hours

In Silk Painting for Wearable Art, master silk painting artist Natasha Foucault works on a variety of silk frames and fabric sizes, all designed for wearing out on the town or around the pool.

Natasha works on ‘blanks’ in this workshop on larger scale frames for scarves and a very large floor frame that can accommodate shawls and kimono-sized panels of fabric. Developing wearable art is her forté and we explore a variety of techniques and considerations for working in large scale work, working fast, and developing successful larger lengths of fabric. The workshop includes a discussion on how to build a larger frame at home as well as design considerations for wearables and working on smaller and larger projects in your studio.

Master working from small to large frames for a variety of wearable art! Ideal workshop for those interested in silk painting for wearables, as well as those interested in making a living as a textile artist. Ideal for all levels of Silk Painters as well as those interested in textile arts, fashion and fabric design.

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Sessions Overview
Session 1: Getting Started
Session 1: Getting Started

Join Natasha Foucault in this introduction to the masterclass series, she’ll take you through the materials you will need, the design process, transferring designs onto silk, working with gutta and mixing colours.

Session 2: Contemporary Silk Project and Techniques
Session 2: Contemporary Silk Project and Techniques

Now you’re all set up, you’ll get to work on a contemporary silk project, first you’ll consider a gallery of other contemporary work before applying transparent and black gutta to make a Kandinsky inspired scarf.

Session 3: Traditional Silk Projects and Techniques
Session 3: Traditional Silk Projects and Techniques

For this session, you’ll learn about traditional projects – again viewing a gallery of traditional works – before experimenting with autumn colours with grapes and the salt technique. Natasha will guide you to create Calla Lilies and use the semi-dry technique to form a versatile square poncho.

Session 4: Steam Fixing Your Silks
Session 4: Steam Fixing Your Silks

In Session 4 you will master the process of steam fixing your silks. Natasha provides an excellent overview of steam fixing with a stove top steamer, and this session includes a clip from the workshop “Silk Painting with Jill Kennedy” to provide alternative steam fixing methods worth exploring.

Session 5: Applying what you have learned
Session 5: Applying what you have learned

In the final session of the series, you will create a micro-inspired camisole and view the highlights of Natasha’s Viennese Poncho before she supports you in where to go from here in your silk painting journey for creating your own wearable art.

Materials & Preparation

A comprehensive, in-depth Masterclass Pack is provided upon purchase to this course. Course members will also receive access to a contemporary silk scarf pattern, an autumn colours pattern, a calla lillies poncho pattern and a miro inspired poncho pattern.

Materials You Will Need

Please note these materials are not included with purchase of this class, the following materials will need to be bought separately.
  • Dye Colours:
    • Yellow
    • Cyan
    • Magenta
    • Black
    • Dharma Poppy Red
    • Apricot
    • Royal Blue
    • Turquoise
    • Brown Sienna
    • Chocolate Brown
    • Kelly Green
  • Floor Frames
  • Expansion Floor System
  • Silk Hooks
  • Silk Blanks
  • Silk Dyes
  • Chemical Fix Silk Dyes
  • Clear Gutta
  • Black Gutta
  • Gutta Dispenser Bottle
  • Foam Brushes
  • Synthetic Round Brushes
  • Synthrapol
  • Textile Softener
  • Newsprint Paper
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Strainer
  • Glass/Baby Food Jars
  • Silk Scarves
  • Camisoles
  • Poncho
Meet the Master: Natasha Foucault

Natasha Foucault began her journal as a classically trained oil painter who moved to silk paints in her early 20’s. Travels, photographs and events soon became themes for her work which explore still life, landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and contemporary art.

Natasha’s works on silk have been exhibited and sold in both museums and commercial galleries throughout the world. Her book, “Silk Diary, An Artist’s Journey from Moscow to Mendocino“, co-authored with Jeanne-Michele Salander, combines a collection of Natasha’s silk art, stories of her life as an artist, and her signature painting techniques is available from Galli Creative.


Galli Creative

Galli Creative produces educational workshops focused on textile, stitch, surface design and encaustic arts. Their teaching format is self-guided featuring some of the leading art instructors in the world. Most instructors are published with DVDs and books in print, and many have achieved the highest recognition in their field.

In addition to producing educational workshops, Galli Creative produces archival educational video for leading museums. Their documentary film work has taken them from Southeast Asia to Latin America to Europe with an emphasis on fashion, creativity, sustainability and restorative methods.



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