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Silk For All Seasons

Karen Snow has studied various techniques of silk painting and fabric embellishment for over twenty years. "Silk painting has given me a deeper understanding of the importance creativity should play in all aspects of our lives," Karen explains.

"It helps to maintain a balance between the need for beauty in our lives and the hectic pace of living in today's world."

She offers classes and workshops in basic silk painting, the French serti (resist) method, and advanced silk painting techniques, including Arashi shibori, batik, marbling and suminagashi. "I learn something from every student," she affirms. "Each person brings their unique creative talents and we all share in the learning process."

Karen is a member of Silk Painters International (SPIN), and founded the local SPIN chapter, Second Sunday Silk Painters, which meets monthly to explore a variety of silk painting techniques and to encourage new artists.

She delights in sharing her knowledge of silk fabrics, the dyes and paints formulated especially for silk's natural protein fibers, and the use of color to enhance the fluid drape of lovely silk fashions and accents for the home.

Karen is an Illinois Artisan, and her work is shown in the Illinois Artisan shops in downtown Chicago's Thompson Center, Springfield's Illinois State Museum Shop, and the Artisan's Village in Rend Lake, IL. as well as the “I Love Chicago” shops in O’Hare’s International Terminal and on North Michigan Avenue.

Karen serves on the faculty of the LaGrange Art League and the McCord Gallery in Palos Park. She demonstrates various silk painting techniques for other artist groups and community colleges throughout Illinois. Karen also provides programs to private groups and silk painting parties for all skill levels.