White silk is the blank canvas upon which Kathleen Olson Grumich hand-paints.
All designs are from her drawings, inspired by the local floral beauty of New Orleans and the whimsy of the early 20th century decorative arts. Scarves and shawls are the focus of her talents. First, she draws her design on a paper pattern. After transferring the design to the blank, white silk and stretching it on a frame, she paints the entire piece of silk, using the serti technique, wherein a resist is applied to create an enclosed space in which the dye flows. In order to achieve shading, she uses the watercolor technique, blending colors within the area while the section is still wet. After the dyes are cured, the silk is hand washed to completely remove all chemicals, making the finished product hand-washable.