SlickSilk

Hand Painted, Hand Dyed, Naturally Dyed Silk Scarves

Victoria, Canada · 20 Sales

SlickSilk

Hand Painted, Hand Dyed, Naturally Dyed Silk Scarves

Victoria, Canada 20 Sales On Etsy since 2014

0 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   We ship internationally and have new stock of Merino Wool scarves. Please email slicksilkcreations [!at] gmail.com if interested.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 12, 2018

We ship internationally and have new stock of Merino Wool scarves. Please email slicksilkcreations [!at] gmail.com if interested.

Melina Stanko

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Melina Stanko

Reviews

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  • caminvan on Jan 3, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is a beautiful, high quality item. The colour from the photo is true to life while the fabric is the perfect balance of softness & thickness. My wife loves her new infinity scarves!

    As for the SlickSilk shop itself, I have nothing but the highest compliments for Melina's professionalism, promptness in replying to our queries, thoroughness & thoughtfulness of her responses, & her generosity of spirit. Indeed, this is one of the best customer/business interactions I have ever had. Not only is Melina an exceptional artist, she's a terrific business owner - a rare combination!

  • dusanstulik on Dec 29, 2015

    5 out of 5 stars

    Placed a custom order for 5 cochineal died silk scarves with a request that only natural cochineal dye would be used in variants produced by slight process modification (all following original recipes). I could not be more happy with results! Scarves were for my wife as a special Christmas gift and she was extremely happy...:-))))). She is already planing some more custom orders (for painted scarves) and purchases of other other scarves died using natural materials. Will highly recommend this shop and artist to all my friends and to our ...already scarves loving family...:-))))). I am so much looking forward for forward new colors, designs and paintings....:-)))...Please keep your great and beautiful work!...Thank you!....From Los Angeles.....DS

  • Vanessa Burokas on Oct 2, 2015

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lovely colour, shipped in a timely manner, not as lofty as anticipated.
    Would order again from this seller.

About

My Silk Road

When I was in Grade 10, I decided that I wanted to become a professional artist. After much deliberation, I came to the conclusion that in order to achieve my dream, I would have to leave all of my friends and current academically focused, upper-middle class, suburban high school for an inner city, trade proud, arts centric high school. This was a massive adjustment that came toward the end of my secondary school experience. The inner city school was called, H.B. Beal; and it had a long and lustrous history and reputation for having the best fine arts courses in London, Ontario with a tradition dating back to 1911. Beal gave it's fine arts students a mandatory introduction to all studios which spans from Sculpture and Printmaking, to Textiles, Animation and Commercial Art. The reason why I attended Beal was so that I could get a solid introduction to traditional animation, with aspirations of becoming a character animator in the television industry; however, during my studies, I excelled in illustration, painting, and textiles - this made decision making difficult. Ultimately, I settled on animation as a profession, attended College, and have been working in that field for a decade.

While I absolutely love animation, and it has been my life for contract and unemployment for twelve years; I have been desperately itching to get back to silk painting. As with animation, the only problem is time. Silk painting is extremely labour intensive - it takes days to achieve any of the scarves I have displayed in my shop. All of my templates are drawn to scale and by hand, which adds even more hours onto the creation of a single scarf - But, I love every second of it. From art history research to the final steam, wash, and iron. Silk painting is an extremely challenging and versatile art form. However, all of these facts combined make it difficult to balance an animation contract and my fine arts passion. A passion which I would love to make a full-time income of.

Since 2009 I have been painting on and off. Most of my pieces have sold to family, friends, and co-workers; and for years many of the wonderful people in my life have encouraged me to open an on-line store or attend craft shows - it's not until now that I found the courage and time to do so.

Because time is of the essence, as I make the transition from full-time contract to full-time eccentric artist; I decided to compromise and combine my delight in fiber art to express itself in the form of natural dyeing. The use of Natural dyes from plants and insects pre-dates even silk painting. It is an ancient art form - all but lost by the industrial revolution and the advent of synthetic dyes in the early 19th Century. For some, this might appear as a clear break from silk painting; but, what this art does is express my concern for the environment. Every year millions of tons of toxic waste from fabric dying is flushed into drinking water and our oceans. This is not something many people consider as they wrap themselves in bright and evenly colored fiber. While all of my silk dyes are synthetic, they are non-toxic and do not pose any threat to drinking water and wildlife; the natural dyes take my environmental concerns one step further. Natural dyes are a new challenge, and one I can meet head on while still working toward my goals.

All of the dyes which are used by this shop are non-toxic. No heavy metals or corrosive dangerous chemicals are used in the dyeing of any of these items. The soap which is used to wash all the fabrics is from a company called, "Nature Clean", and the "All Purpose Cleaning Lotion", which is used is: non-toxic, safe for rivers, streams, septic tanks and is dye, fragrance, and sulfate free!.

Onto Charities: Ultimately, as my shop evolves, I would love to give back to my community. I have known many members of the Canadian Armed Forces and I want to support our Canadian troops by starting a line of scarves aptly named: "Support our Troops" - with proceeds from the sales of scarves going to, "The Wounded Warriors of Canada" (info can be found here - www.woundedwarriors.ca). They are a charity which supports all members from reservists to full-time reg force with a strong focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. With that charity being my first, I hope that it does not become my last. With having family members battle breast cancer and struggle with hair loss, and having my father pass from thyroid cancer when I was 23-years-old - There is so much I would love to do to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

I hope with this shop you can find what you are looking for. If not, please check out my Facebook page where many more templates can be found. Do not see a design that you would like?. No problem, I take commissions!.

Thank you so much for reading about my shop. I hope to speak with you soon.

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  • Melina Stanko

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I have been extremely fortunate in my lifetime to have had the luxury to pursue two of my passions: Animation and Silk Painting Fiber Art. Always having been a bit of a nerd; I'm now embracing what makes me unique - my art.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 22, 2017
Salut, and welcome to my shop.

Silk painting and art have been my passion since I was 16-years-old. After making a career of being a professional Animation Artist in television; with this shop, I am able to go back to my roots and explore my love of art history and my parent's market garden all over again. I welcome custom orders!. Slick Silk attempts to use Natural materials and non-toxic and eco friendly dyes to colour Cotton, Rayon, and Silk fabrics. Every year millions of tons of toxins are released into drinking water from the textile industry. The pursuit of sustainable and renewable dye sources is important and I hope that this shop can accurately reflect my passion for environmental and sustainable practices. Please, check out my facebook page for more templates and designs which might inspire you.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If for any reason you are not satisfied with one of our products please contact us immediately so we can work it out. Returns are accepted within 7 days of receipt, and will be issued when we receive the item less original shipping fees. The buyer is responsible for any shipping charges incurred in returning an item. If the buyer wishes to return one item and purchase another, they will have to pay full postage on the new transaction. Item must be returned without wear, stain, or damage to be eligible for a full refund. Sorry, no exceptions.
Payment
We accept all forms of payment through PayPal, as well as EMTs. Please contact us for EMT details.

All items must be paid for within 48 hrs of "commit to buy" or the sale will be canceled and the item will be relisted.
Shipping
Shipping is done through Canada Post parcel mail. If you prefer tracking or expedited services please contact us for a quote. Unfortunately, Slick Silk cannot accept responsibility for any orders lost or damaged by Canada Post or their agents. **Please note that this situation has not happened to date.

Ready-made items are shipped within 48 hours of receipt of payment.

Custom orders: Please allow approx 1-2 weeks from time of payment receipt for your order to be shipped. If you require your order sooner, please let me know – I may be able to accommodate you.

We also have a pick-up option available where you can come pick up your order from us. This option is only available in the Victoria, British Columbia area. This saves you shipping costs! If you would like to pick up your item in Victoria, please contact us for a coupon code to discount the shipping.

Customs: Slick Silk is not responsible for the coverage of any tariffs or customs incurred by shipping to your country.

International Orders: Please contact slicksilkcreations [!at] gmail.com for shipping options on International Orders before checkout. If you do not wish to have your item go through parcel mail, and wish to have it sent in an envelope to save on overseas shipping costs; please contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
I don’t see that certain something in your store that I’m looking for...
Let us know!. We are always looking for suggestions for new, creative and innovative ideas. Just send us a message and we will let you know if it is possible for us to do!. Please also see my Facebook Page for more ideas and silk templates.

I love your products but your subjects aren’t my style.
Message us and let us know!. Custom orders are welcome.

Will your scarves look exactly as I see them on my computer?
Yes and no. Screen resolutions and monitor settings may slightly alter the fabric image you are looking at.

I sent you a message earlier today and still haven’t heard back. Should I send another message?
No. We are very busy here and sometimes it takes a little bit to get back to your messages. Please wait 24 hours to receive a reply. In the case that the digital void ate your original message, please email or message us after the 24 hour period has expired. You can never trust internet tubes....

How do I care for the products I purchase from you?
Silk: Instructions on washing and ironing will be sent with the item.
Cotton: Hand wash or machine wash cold with no chemicals and mild soap. Hang to dry and iron on Cotton setting. Always wash with like colours.
Rayon: Hand or machine wash cold with no chemicals and mild soap. Hang to dry and iron on low or synthetic setting. Always wash with like colours.

Custom Orders and **Made to Order**: A deposit of 50% of the list price is asked before work can be started. If work has been started and client chooses to pull out of sale, there will be no refund provided of the up front deposit. Sorry, no exceptions. Templates: The designing of templates and preliminary sketches are time consuming. Everything is done by hand with pencil and paper. For custom template design there are three options:
1) Client commissions the scarf and the design can be recreated for others. Client chooses to not pay for template and the artist can add the template to their portfolio for reproduction and post scarf in **Made to Order** section of shop.
2) Client commissions the scarf and chooses to not allow the artist to add the template to the portfolio. Client must then pay for the artists time creating the template.
3) Client commissions the scarf and decides they do not want to pay for the design; but, the design is such that it cannot be reused again. Client must then pay for the template creation.
Please contact me for any information on custom orders. I would love to hear from you.

Silk Paint Colour:
Dye changes over time. Colour exactness cannot be guaranteed, but we can do our best to come close. Please contact slicksilk [!at] gmail.com for a colour chart and approximate colour matching.