Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hand Painted Silk Scarves Exhibit at the Library

The Bridgewater Public Library is currently showing a collection of hand-painted silk scarves, designed and created by local resident Luisa Galindo. 

Luisa’s artistic life began in Columbia where she learned the techniques of charcoal, ink, pencil, pastel, oil and watercolor painting. Initially her passion was watercolor on paper, but she later discovered that the watercolor technique worked well on silk, resulting in brighter colors.

Luisa began painting scarves sixteen years ago as a hobby and gradually devoted more time as she perfected her skills. She began creating Mentasilk with unique abstract designs on scarves, cushions and pictures.

The process begins with a wooden frame and pins to stretch the silk. Luisa draws freehand using silk dyes. To create special effects she uses gutta, salt, alcohol, wax, watercolor, salt water, wet on dry, dye, batik and shibori. When the piece is finished, the silk is steamed to fix the color, washed and dried, pressed, and hemmed by hand.

Stop by the library during regular hours to see Luisa’s scarves. The library is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9a.m. to 8p.m.; Thursday from 10a.m. to 5p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10a.m. to 2p.m. and is located at 15 South Street.

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