Hand Painted Silk by Katherine Edge
Staffordshire Wildlife Craft Fair
We are starting our shows in March 2017 with a visit to The Staffordshire Wildlife Centre at Wolseley Bridge near Stafford for one of my favourite craft fairs. The centre has developed over the years and is now a thriving hub of information and centre for wildlife conservation. There are walks from the centre, a gift shop and café serving refreshments and over the weekend of 11 and 12 March 2017 a craft fair with a select chosen number of designer/makers and craft workers. It is a lovely show and many of the exhibitors have designs and creations featuring wildlife themes. As you may guess it’s a show that I look forward to and I will be there with my bird design glasses cases and leaves and flower design scarves which I hope will be popular again with visitors.
2016 is a very special year for Designer Silk celebrating 25 years as a silk painter designer/maker. It’s hard to believe that those years have gone so quickly and that we’ve been able to pack so much into them!
We have some very special events planned for the coming year so please keep checking back to hear more news!
One of the lovely aspects of my work is making my customers designs become reality. The Klimt inspired jacket has been a popular feature and this commission was to create it in rose pink for a very special occasion. Each of the jackets are unique so the designs are hand drawn for each one and the colours are deliberately different. The jacket is reversible to give two very distinctive looks and to make it more wearable.
The hand painted side can be worn for special occasions and then it can be reversed for a plainer look. In this instance the plain side was beautiful deep rose pink shot with subtle lilac shades that were picked out in the hand painted silk with gorgeous copper outlines.
New shows this year have included Green Walk in Manchester over the first May bank holiday where we were invited to exhibit in the residents homes. A lovely atmosphere and amazing turnout in spite of the rather wet weather ……. Well it was a bank holiday!! Another new show was Manchester Cathedral, again off to a damp start, but such a wonderful setting. A favourite show, Patchings Festival, in June is a lovely arts festival and a great opportunity to explore what is new in art supplies and crafts as well as an opportunity to catch up with customers, friends and fellow exhibitors.
For the autumn 2016 we are exhibiting at shows that are local to home such as Tissington Village Hall and the Artists & Designers Shows at Buxton Pavilion in Derbyshire before we travel further afield. We are looking forward to Southwell Minster Craft Show in early November which was a new show for us last year and a very firm favourite. Then we are off to South Hill Park in Bracknell for their annual Craft & Designer /makers Show. Followed by ‘Gorgeous’ in Coalbrookdale where we will be guest exhibitors with The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craftsmen.
Other shows will be posted in the venues section of this website as and when we receive confirmation of a place.
New eBay Shop Katherine Edge Designs
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new on-line shop Katherine Edge Designs incorporating Designer Silk products as well as silver jewellery and other textile jewellery items. The Designer Silk label is not disappearing and you will be able to search eBay for ‘hand painted silk Designer Silk’ or just follow the link directly to the shop Katherine Edge Designs. Prices are compatible with Art & Design Show Prices and include postage. As always commissions are welcome.
More items will be added and we are hoping to launch our craft supplies specialising in silk painting supplies again over the summer …….. watch this space!
As we specialise in ‘exclusive one-off’ items that are individually handmade Katherine has been busy designing again. This is a project that started in 2013 but has had to be shelved as the orders come in and her time is spent meeting client’s needs which is always our priority. The result has been the Honeycomb and Bee Jacket and the Peacock Coat.
The Bee Jacket shown below with the Peacock Coat in the background. There are many hours of work either painting or embroidering these items and they are created from the finest silk and materials. For something completely unique for that special occasion or just to wear anywhere they really are a touch of luxury!
New Hand Dyed Shibori Scarves
Designer Silk always welcomes enquiries for commissions and design projects in silk and as Katherine individually hand paints each item it is always a pleasure for her to match colours and create unique and individual designs for her customers.
This year we are introducing a new range of hand dyed scarves using the ancient Japanese art of Shibori. Each scarf is individually folded, then dyed in a range of patterns and fixed before it is opened out to reveal an unrepeatable repeat pattern of gorgeous silk colour. Each of these scarves is quite unique and makes a lovely spash of colour. They are proving to be very popular as they make great presents.
Inspired by our own British seaside, what could be nicer than a walk along the beach returning to your own home from home beach hut. My ideas for this design I’m sure were coloured by the fact that I’ve been spending some of my free time painting our summerhouse. It is now weatherproof just as it is becoming too cold to use ............. oh well next year!!
Living and working near the potteries, very near as my partner Walt runs a refractories or kiln furniture business, I am always amazed by the bad press this area receives. This has inspired my latest project to redress the balance and celebrate some of the history and design of local architecture in silk, but first a little snippet or two of why I’ve been inspired to create my new designs.
Stoke-on-Trent is a long line of smaller towns, as they are often described ‘the 6 towns’ stretching from Tunstall in the west to Longton in the east. I mention this fact because wherever you are in this long strip of a city you are no more than one to two miles away from the most glorious countryside and yet have all the conveniences of a modern cosmopolitan environment. Historically Stoke was the centre of pioneering industry such as the potteries which give the city its nickname. Wedgwood, Spode, Doultons, Bishop & Stoniers or Bisto as it was known locally, where one of my grandmothers worked as a hand painter and burnisher, all thrived here at one time, indeed Moorcroft, Wedgwood, Emma Bridgewater and a few more still do. Although a shadow of its former self and heyday tour de force it is a very creative area, with lots of talent and a great community spirit and it is these aspects which I wish to capture and portray in silk on my scarves, in the warm colours depicting affection and humour in the design.
Cornwall Design Fair 2013
Designer Silk was delighted to be selected again this year for the Cornwall Design Fair, held in August at Trereife House, Nr Penzance. The show is an absolutely stunning collection of some of the most original and beautiful crafts held in beautiful gardens and scenic parkland. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time, met some wonderful people and managed to visit some local beauty spots such as St. Ives and Lamorna Cove which I have described in my Blog – Designer Silk – An Artist’s Way
One of my favourite pieces of news is my Wedgwood Museum Commission. Last year I was asked to attend a meeting with Director and staff at Wedgwood Museum based at the Wedgwood Factory at Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire with a view to painting a selection of their designs onto silk.
We chose two designs The English Roses Design and Clarice Cliff’s Age of Jazz design which have worked well with the Serti Technique of silk painting that I specialise in. I adapted the design and transferred it from the pottery design and drew out each one onto silk in various sizes and ways to create square scarves, long scarves, neck scarves, glasses cases and mobile cases. These items are exclusively available from Wedgwood Museum Shop.