Silk Roots with Helen Mortimer

Helen Mortimer came to talk to us on Monday 16 April 2018.

She started by telling us about her background. She studied at Amersham Art College and then spent three years at Portsmouth University taking a Fine Arts degree, where she specialised in silk painting.

She developed a love of colour and has found great pleasure in drawing and painting architecture, including towns and buildings such as churches.

Helen took a break from her work to raise a family but her love of art remained strong and she went on to study for her PGCE.

Helen introduced us to the types of silk she uses: Ponge 5 and Habotai 8. She showed us how to prepare the silk for both wet and dry painting and the differences between the various types of silk dyes. Helen then went on to demonstrate how to work with both methods and the effects that can be created by applying salt and alcohol to the surface. She explained how gutta works and then how to fix the silk dyes to make them fast.

Thank you Helen for a very enjoyable, informative and inspiring talk. It was fascinating to watch your demonstrations and to see how the colours can be manipulated to such wonderful effect. We are all looking forward to the workshop you are running for us this Saturday, when we can try out all the various techniques for ourselves.