I believe that accessories are the most versatile items in your entire wardrobe. You could be wearing something as simple as a no-fuss top and jeans – just adding a silk scarf, kerchief or necklace instantly elevates it to chic or dapper. You can reinvent your whole look by changing only your accessories.
I make things for a living. In addition to silk wearables and accessories, I am a graphic designer specializing in book design.
My favorite workshop/DVD at Galli Publishing is definitely Silk Painting with Jill Kennedy. The workshop taught me to paint silk, and was the basis for my starting my own business specializing in silk painted wearables.
I make bespoke silk scarves for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries or weddings. Sometimes that special piece is so easy to wear you forget you're even wearing it until someone compliments your effortless style.
The accessories I make are unique pieces of wearable art, made from the softest silk I can source. Every single piece is individually hand painted by me, using hot wax and dye on pure white silk. I've combined my Indian heritage with a modern aesthetic fueled by my training as a graphic designer.
My scarves, ties and jewelery feature repetitive pattern, with vibrant colors bringing them to life. They can be worn with plain colors as well as combined with other bold patterns.
This is my 'Winter Garden' scarf (image left /top). It was made using the batik method of layering hot soy wax and Jacquard Green Label dye. It is a 90cm square habotai silk scarf with rolled hem, covered in a one-of-a-kind design of red, white and blue flowers on black.
I used gold gutta as embellishment.
I produced this scarf for sale on my online shop. Click on my name link below to see what I have been making since then. Thanks!
London, United Kingdom
Courses related to Arati's work:
Silk Painting with Jill Kennedy
Jill Kennedy provides a wonderful foundation workshop as well as technique development on a broad range of Silk Painting methods.
Ana Lisa Hedstrom demonstrates how to work with basic geometric folds and clamps to achieve dramatic results in fabric design.
Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Soy Wax and Beyond
Produce engaging quilts and wearable art built on a foundation of resist techniques and soy wax in this creative workshop.
Susan Purney Mark
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