I have a lifelong obsession with silk . I thing it started when my father came back from China in 1948 with a little embroidered black silk jacket that fitted me as a two year old! I still have it, now framed, a precious family heirloom.
There is also my cupboard full of silk samples given to me in Lyon by the sister of a retired silk merchant. These scraps are a constant feature in my Woven Memories work. Some have handwritten on them the name of a designer. The incredible virtuosity of silk is amazing to me. Taffeta, chiffon, satin, organza and crepe de Chine all feature in my collection! There is something unique and wonderful about the way silk catches the light too, always intensifying the glorious colours.
I am about to embark on a project called The Joy of Silks at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney. I will be weaving in the foyer of the centre on Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th August from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day. I will be weaving with scarves and ties in pinks and greens donated from far and wide, now torn or cut up ready to work with.
My weave design has gone through a number of iterations and I have finally settled on an approach which will show off the silks rather than hide them. The weaving will become a long banner to be hung at Lifehouse at the end of the project.
I will also be keeping a record of the donated scarves and ties in a book I’m using to record the development of the project – a copy of my book will be given to Lifehouse.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED If you would like to contribute a scarf or tie to the project from your own collection or from a family member, do some weaving, or just come to have a look please do! I would love to meet you!
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, 119 – 143 Missendon Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050