Suffolk based Agnes Ashe designs and paints silk. The finished silk may be a scarf, a face mask, a dress or even a painting.
I have been painting silk for almost 30 years following my time at St Martin’s School of Art, London and during this time my style and technique has evolved. More recently my creative work has taken on a new dimension since the Covid Crisis as I now make face coverings from my painted silk.
Agnes Ashe hand painted silk scarves have been available online since 2013 and, since 2017 from the annual British Crafts Christmas event at Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
A selection of silk scarves are also sold at the Whitchurch Silk Mill in Hampshire.
Silk painting is brushwork on a flat surface, but a surface that can be draped and tied and worn. Each example of my work is unrepeatable and as such turns a silk scarf into a unique, piece of wearable art.
My inspiration comes from the medieval heritage of East Anglia where I live. You may even spot my re-working of medieval motifs taken from architectural details, stained glass and rood screens found in the remaining medieval churches across Suffolk and Norfolk. Art informs art.
As a consequence of Covid 19 and the mandatory requirement for face coverings in some circumstances I have painted and made silk face coverings. These are only available from my online shop.
The silk is designed and painted by myself and I also paint, dye and sew the face masks/face coverings. Please note the face masks are NOT medical grade items.
Silk is from China. All other associated paper, card, boxes and packaging, labels and thread, and the acid dyes are purchased from UK suppliers.