"Look special and feel special: one-of-a-kind designs support your creative side and silk is just plain luxurious to wear."
Karen Snow has studied various techniques of silk painting and fabric embellishment for over twenty years. "Silk painting has given me a deeper understanding of the importance creativity should play in all aspects of our lives," Karen explains. "It helps to maintain a balance between the need for beauty in our lives and the hectic pace of living in today's world." She offers classes and...
... workshops in basic silk painting, the French serti (resist) method, and advanced silk painting techniques, including Arashi shibori, batik, marbling and suminagashi. "I learn something from every student," she affirms. "Each person brings their unique creative talents and we all share in the learning process."
Karen is a member of Silk Painters International (SPIN), and founded the local SPIN chapter, Second Sunday Silk Painters, which meets monthly to explore a variety of silk painting techniques and to encourage new artists.
She delights in sharing her knowledge of silk fabrics, the dyes and paints formulated especially for silk's natural protein fibers, and the use of color to enhance the fluid drape of lovely silk fashions and accents for the home.
Karen was a member of the Illinois Artisans Program for over 10 years, demonstrating silk painting in downtown Chicago's Thompson Center, Springfield's Illinois State Museum Shop, and the Artisan's Village in Rend Lake, IL. Her work is available through the “I Love Chicago” shops in O’Hare’s International Terminal and North Michigan Avenue, plus various galleries and boutiques.
Karen serves on the faculty of the LaGrange Art League and the McCord Gallery in Palos Park. She demonstrates various silk painting techniques for other artist groups and community colleges throughout Illinois. Karen also provides programs to private groups and silk painting parties for all skill levels.