Lynn Meek's Profile

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I can't remember a time when I didn't draw, paint or create -- whether it's designing my garden, dropping watercolor onto paper, acrylic onto canvas or splashing bold, happy colors on interior walls. Color is one of my biggest inspirations and I share fellow painter Winston Churchill's attitude towards it: "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." My other inspiration is everything I see where we live. We're fortunate to be out in the country, in the woods and on the lake in a quiet secluded cove - birds, trees, wildlife - a limitless source of subjects for inspiration and the peace and quiet to let me focus on creating.

I've painted for years, but just recently discovered the huge rush of painting on silk. And it's much more fun to wear it than hang it on a wall. I'm a walking billboard for my…

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  • Joined September 14, 2008

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paints, dyes, silks, George Clooney

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About

I can't remember a time when I didn't draw, paint or create -- whether it's designing my garden, dropping watercolor onto paper, acrylic onto canvas or splashing bold, happy colors on interior walls. Color is one of my biggest inspirations and I share fellow painter Winston Churchill's attitude towards it: "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." My other inspiration is everything I see where we live. We're fortunate to be out in the country, in the woods and on the lake in a quiet secluded cove - birds, trees, wildlife - a limitless source of subjects for inspiration and the peace and quiet to let me focus on creating.

I've painted for years, but just recently discovered the huge rush of painting on silk. And it's much more fun to wear it than hang it on a wall. I'm a walking billboard for my designs and have literally sold them off my back when someone admired a piece I was wearing.

All my wraps are hand-painted originals. My designs are inspired by photographs I've taken myself. My designs are copyrighted as are the images of the wraps, so please be inspired but don't borrow.

All my silk is first quality. I like chiffon for it's light, gauzy feel and the wonderful way it takes color and drapes so beautifully. The crepe de chine and silk satin are a slightly heavier weight, and perhaps a little more dramatic the way they take the dyes.

My Process:

After stretching the silk on a frame, there are several methods for applying the dye depending generally on my subject choice. Sometimes the silk is wet and dye dropped onto it - I frequently do this for backgrounds. Silk dye is painted on in my signature loose watercolor style which lets the colors blend on the silk. I'll use thickener in the dye to control the flow where I need it. This is a tricky and unforgiving process but little imperfections (and there will be some!) make it hand-made and not silkscreened in a factory. After the finished piece rests for 24 hours, it goes into a steamer for about 2 hours to set the dye. Steaming is yet another chance for total disaster. If I'm happy with the result, the silk is rinsed and pressed and ready for the shop. (And if I'm not, sometimes I'll paint over parts of it and steam it again --- if a wrap has a major disaster, I'll salvage what is good and cut it up for other projects.)

Thank you for taking the time to look. And please take a look at electricbluebird, my daughter's shop and my mentor for finally setting up my own shop. And check out my talented daughter-in-law at hippiebride.

Please also visit my sister etsy shop www.ShirboriChic.com for my hand dyed shibori and tie dye caftan tops.

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