Kathleen Grumich

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Kathleen Olson Grumich Gallery

" My desire is to create a beautiful, unique accessory for today's woman."

White silk is the blank canvas upon which I hand-paint. All designs are from my drawings, inspired by the local floral beauty of New Orleans and the whimsy of early 20th century decorative arts. After transferring my drawing to the blank silk and stretching it on a frame, I paint the entire piece of silk with fiber-reactive dyes. I use the serti technique, wherein a resist is applied to create...

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... an enclosed space in which the dye flows. In order to achieve shading, I use a watercolor technique, blending colors within the area while the section is still wet. After the dyes are cured, I hand-wash the silk to completely remove the excess dye and chemicals, making the finished product hand-washable.

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Master Craftsman, Louisiana Craft Guild (2012-Present), juried member since 2002

Award of Distinction, Fiber Category—Covington, LA Three Rivers Art Festival, 2009

Award of Distinction, Textiles Category—15th Jubilee Festival, Daphne, AL, 2003

Creative Arts Award—24th Peter Anderson Festival, Ocean Springs, MS, 2002

Honorable Mention—23rd Peter Anderson Festival, Ocean Springs, MS, 2001

Fashion Group Foundation of New Orleans, Inc., Alpha Awards in Category: “Design—Collection of Accessories” (2000—2002)
Fashion Group Foundation of New Orleans, Inc., Alpha Award in Category: “Design—Single Accessory” (1999)