A Walk on the Beach

This is a very large piece to be used to drape over a sofa, hung on the wall, as a sarong or wrapped to make a dress.  After dying the wet silk, I sprinkled sea salt and drops of  “gutta” in various colors to give the effect of sand. When dry, I drew and dyed shells, sand dollars and crabs on the silk.  Later my youngest son, Henry, (pictured), stepped on a dye soaked sponge and walked on the silk.  One of our favorite pieces, now residing in San Francisco.  It is hand and foot painted on a crepe silk, much heavier than the habotai I generally use. My preference has always been the lighter silks. (The wrinkles were ironed out after photo was taken!)