Location: Cowichan Bay

Silk Painting, Beautiful and Functional

Silk Painting, Beautiful and Functional

Most of the time art can be expressed in an infinite number of ways; it is all a matter of imagining a creative idea in the minds eye and giving it a two or three dimensional life form in whatever medium is chosen. The choices can be endless. So in the case of a painting it could be on canvas or perhaps on silk, it could hang on the wall or sit on the couch.

Painted Silk Pillow

Painted Silk Pillow

We stopped in to see Clare Carver at Imagine That! Artisans’ Designs in Duncan, B.C. on Vancouver Island where she is one of the founding members. The gallery is a cooperative of sorts and is wonderfully decorated with a broad range of the talents of local area artists. Looking around the space made me think of what Napoleon Hill once said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

Clare’s work was displayed on the back wall in a rainbow of colours. She paints nature inspired themes on silk with vibrant eye catching dyes and then sews her creations into gorgeous throw pillows that would give the most drab, mundane looking chair or couch a wonderful new beginning. Why throw out your boring furniture for a new set when it would be much more affordable and fun to own a collection of Clare’s creations, and give any room a fresh new look at the toss of a pillow? Some of Clare’s other functional art includes silk painted scarves, purses and eye glass cases.

Please watch our interview with Clare as she walks us through the process of silk painting. We welcome you to leave a comment.