A shot of part of JoyceWhales scarfHummingbird scarfMarbled scarves in BlueSundyed scarvesSalt dyed scarves

Silk

The  art of hand-dying silk to create patterns and scenes results in strikingly colorful hangings, wearable items and framed pieces.  When images themed to Cape Breton scenery, wildlife and musical traditions are added to the mix, a magical result is achieved.

The two silk artists offering their work at Arts North employ techniques such as wax resist, salt dying, tie dying, and sun dying to create scarves and hangings of exquisite color, detail and composition.

Joyce Brown
Joyce Brown
Ann Schroeder
Ann Schroeder

Joyce Brown

Joyce Brown

Joyce Brown has lived her entire life in northern Cape Breton. The wife of an oyster farmer, much of her time is spent “on the water”, working the family oyster lease. It is here that she has seen first hand the beauty of the wild creatures that inhabit the air, land and water. It is on the water that Joyce finds the peace and tranquility that comes with early mornings and late evenings spent on calm waters.

Joyce chose silk as her medium of expression because it is a natural fiber whose look and feel allows her to express the subjects she’s chosen. She feels that the sense of fluidity imparted by the fabric contributes to her interpretation of the waters of the oceans and harbors that nourish the wildlife so inspiring to her work.


A shot of part of Joyce's display of scarves at Arts North

A shot of part of Joyce's display of scarves at Arts North

All styles and themes are generally avaiable at the gallery.

Hummingbird scarf

Hummingbird scarf

Approx 8"w x 60" long.

Available only at Arts North.

Marbled scarves in Blue

Marbled scarves in Blue

Joyce's Marbled scarves in Blue are inspired by the pounding surf at this end of Cape Breton Island.

All 8"w x 60"l.

Only available at the Arts North gallery.

Marlbed Scarves in Green and Purple

Marlbed Scarves in Green and Purple

Two of Joyce's Marlbed Scarves in Green and Purple, recalling forests and sunsets.

Each measures approx 8"w x 60"l.

Joyce's scarves are not available online, but are available at the Arts North gallery.

Salt dyed scarves

Salt dyed scarves

Joyce's salt dyed scarves boast highlights of concentrated color.

They measure 8"w x 60"l, come in a variety of colors.

Only available at the Arts North gallery.

Sundyed scarves

Sundyed scarves

Joyce's sundyed scarves come in a variety of colors and themes.

Shown is her Sundyed Fern in Green, reminescent of walks in the forest.

Available only at the Arts North gallery.

Whales scarf

Whales scarf

Joyce's Whales scarf is approx 8" x 60", and recalls her whale sightings off northern Cape Breton.

Available only at Arts North.


Ann Schroeder

Ann Schroeder

Ann Schroeder, Hand Dyed Silk Scarves Ann Schroeder began dyeing cotton fabric in the mid-90's to have a better range of colours and patterns for making her fine art quilts.

Although she took art classes in college, her dyeing techniques are primarily self-taught, acquiring her technique and skill by reading books and experimenting.

Because she finds the dyeing process irresistible and continues to be fascinated by colour and pattern, Ann recently branched out into dyeing silk scarves.

At her seaside studio in Mabou, she gives fabric dyeing workshops to share the fun with others.


Hand dyed silk scarf

Hand dyed silk scarf

This hand dyed silk scarf achieves its design by being folded into triangles of vivid reds, sage green, orange, and gold.

Sized at 13" x 69", it's priced at $65

Hand dyed silk scarf

Hand dyed silk scarf

Hand dyed silk scarf is stitched in shades of blue, turquoise, and gray.

Sized at 14" x 57", it's priced at $70.

Hand dyed silk scarf

Hand dyed silk scarf

Ann's hand dyed silk scarf is designed by being "scrunched" while wet. It's vibrancy is a mix of ivory background with fuchsia, turquoise, orange, purple, and hints of other colours, 14 x 57".

It's priced at $50


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