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Silk Painting with West Ealing Deaf Women’s Minority Group and West Hampstead Asian Women’s Group

Today myself, Alex Hirtzel and Sobia Khan visited West Ealing Deaf Women’s Minority Group to start the group’s silk scrolls. During today’s workshop the ladies planned and sketched the drawings they will apply to their silks which are inspired by the themes of ’Travel’ and ‘Journeys’ with the ladies thinking about the long journeys they made in moving to England many years ago. Once they had their drawings on paper, the ladies put their paper under their silk and traced over the lines using a special Gutta pen. The Gutta pen is like a glue and acts as a wall to stop the silk paints from bleeding into each other.  Next week the group will continue to add their Gutta outlines to their silks and will then apply silk paints to add lots of exciting colours and textures. In the afternoon we also visited West Hampstead Asian Women’s Center to continue with the lady’s silk scrolls. So far the group have created some incredibly beautiful and very skilled designs and are currently enjoying experimenting with the variety of colours and effects the silk paints can achieve. Here are some pictures of the groups, their designs and the Gutta  and painting process;


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Posted by The Wallace Collection
12 September 2012

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