ABSTRACT OF 

CURRENT ISSUE

Summer 2020
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The impacts of the pandemic are changing our everyday lives and wherever we are, we’re learning to improvise, adapt, and rethink the very ways we inhabit our respective worlds. Our art-making has also had to adapt. And so, for the Summer issue, we inspiration from Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s words, “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” How are silk artists “imagining their world anew”?

Our feature article, Creativity While Sheltering in Place,  by Gloria Lanza-Bajo and Mary Kaye O’Neill, showcases the ingenious ways that a group of silk painters, The Cyber Silkies, have re-imagined studio space as virtual Zoom space to continue their art during the pandemic. Four members of The Cyber Silkies share their techniques in a Show and Tell section.

Then, Suzanne Punch’s and David Higgins’ inspiring contributions rise to the challenge of looking forward in time through their thoughts on The Futures of Silk Art, the second part in our year-long series.

In Silk Poncho: Wax Technique, SPIN member, Jeanette Summers, describes her own path in silk art as a “broad path with many trails to explore,” and shares her process for creating her striking wax-resist ponchos.

And finally, in the Tools and Techniques section, Susan Moyer shares her extremely informative journey experimenting with different brushes in A Brush Story. Through reading Moyer’s meticulous descriptions of the effects of each brush, SPIN members will know exactly which brush to pick up as they re-create the world through their silk art.

 

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