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Hello,
So glad you stopped by my shop--:)

Just moving to Colchester, CT.

I have enjoyed the skill of silk painting for several years, and have exhibited my creations at juried and invitational art shows. Each creation is unique.

These silk creations are NOT machine stamped designs---all designs are individually hand designed!

I truly began silk art as a form of relaxation, however my Virgo personality controls the need to reach a level of perfection. Each silk creation, was a labor of love and dedication to get that certain unique appearance.

As colored dyes touch the silk, moving through the fibers, they take on a wonderful, mysterious life of their own.
A steaming process,…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 6
  • Joined August 15, 2007

Favorite materials

silk, French dyes, acrylic, and oil paints, clean cotton wrapped canvas

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About

Hello,
So glad you stopped by my shop--:)

Just moving to Colchester, CT.

I have enjoyed the skill of silk painting for several years, and have exhibited my creations at juried and invitational art shows. Each creation is unique.

These silk creations are NOT machine stamped designs---all designs are individually hand designed!

I truly began silk art as a form of relaxation, however my Virgo personality controls the need to reach a level of perfection. Each silk creation, was a labor of love and dedication to get that certain unique appearance.

As colored dyes touch the silk, moving through the fibers, they take on a wonderful, mysterious life of their own.
A steaming process, sets the dyes, adding other dimensions and character--Look closely you may see mysterious shapes and images. ENJOY! This was created just for you!


Because of the steaming process my silk paintings have images that appear, if you look closely you'll see them. Look at " Bluebird Garden" Between the statue's stump, and the rose bushes you'll see the images of a man and woman.

When it comes to wearing a silk scarf I like to wear something that no one else has seen.I believe everyone has the desire to feel 'unique',special,one of a kind.
And so, when I say this was created, just for you, believe it!
Each hand designed item is inspired by some muse: It could be the music I'm listening to, or a photo of something I've taken of nature.
From butterflies emerging from their cocoons,to a wee flower found on the floor of a forest.
It might be an exotic mood I'm in; I have to paint it on silk.
The imagination is a wonderful gift of the universe.

A customer email:
"Greetings Mysticsilks,,
I just received the 'Joshua Tree' in the mail yesterday. (I am in Iraq now, so
the mail is a little slow!) It is beautiful-thank you so much! I can't wait to
get back to the States to show my husband- he loves Joshua Trees!"

Just to give you a run down of the process behind my work, I have created a general outline of the steps behind the finished product:

When I begin to create my scarves, it starts with the pure white silk scarves being ordered, then washed and rinsed, then ironed. After the initial start, the silks are pinned to a wood frame. Those 1st steps take up to 4 hours-5 hours. Then the designing, and dying process takes place, this may take 2-5 days to complete each scarf. After all the scarves are designed and dyed, usually in batches of 5-6, I begin to place each one between cotton fabric, so that it does not touch another scarf.
After all scarves are placed onto cotton fabric, I then roll that bundle onto a wire coil. I tie this bundle so that it will not slip into the boiling water.
The coil is then placed into a steam bath, which takes up 2-3 hours.
Only the steam is allowed to touch and penetrate the bundle, this process sets the dyes deep into the silk fibers, giving each scarf it's glow and luster, plus it also brings out mysterious images on the silk fabric. The entire steaming process is an all day process from start to finish.
After the steaming, the bundle is removed from the steam chamber, the coil untied. Each scarf is removed and placed in a special shampoo wash, then into several rinses until the water is clear.
Then each scarf is ironed.

After all scarves are ironed, then each scarf must be photographed, uploaded sized, then uploaded to a website for selling.

From start to finish, It may take more than 30 hours to complete a bundle of 6 scarves. Now you have a bit of an understanding of the labor of love and intensive work that it takes to create a silk scarf, especially for you!

Silk paintings are an entirely different process!
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Wanted to let you know how much I love the painting! It has been in my living room since I received it, and brings much joy!

Thank you!

Lin Westler

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