morgansilk


morgansilk creates unique wearable art on silk for men and women using the best quality and weight silk, painted by hand with fiber-reactive dyes that bond with the fibers without fading. Each is a signed original work of art. Morgan herself sat down with us for an interview.


Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I focused on watercolor painting until undergraduate school, where I discovered oil painting in the traditional sense. For a few years, I was doing independent studies in painting and drawing. Then, I took a class in fabric design from Nancy Belfer. I learned to weave and design with fabrics, but knew nothing about dyes. I had to teach myself all of that-- and have been experimenting with dyes for three decades.
After retiring from the teaching profession, I begin working full time in my studio and continue the experimentation every single day.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Work! Other than that, I would prefer to be out exploring nature and looking for fossils or other unusual natural elements. I don't get as much chance to do that as I would wish, because I am working all the time.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Probably most artists dislike dealing with promotion details as much as I do. If I could create and not have to struggle to have my work seen, I would be in complete bliss.
I do enjoy the little details, like creating graphics for packaging and all that, though.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I absolutely adore longggggggg chiffon scarves. You can do just about anything with them: I like wearing them as cowls, and they work any time of the year. (and they hide your neck)

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an artist, but I had no idea what artists' lives were like or how they managed to make a living at it. I had nobody to emulate, other than the books I read about famous painters-- and all those biographies are pretty tragic. I surely did not want to be tragic, and I knew I didn't have the kind of vision to fit that tragedy.
When I was growing up, there didn't seem to be very many real choices. That is why I ended up teaching, even though it wasn't what I ultimately wanted to spend all my time doing.

I was one of those little girls who spend all my time either reading or making things. I collected pasta boxes with cellophane windows and made puppets out of them, had a drawer full of candy wrappers and glittery stuff, and spent hours drawing. My mother thought I was anaemic and had me tested: the doctor told her that I "thought too much". Still do.

What other shops out there do you love?
Floradora's fabulous pillows
IMOTIME's ironic clocks from vintage finds
bijouxbeads gorgeous jewelry
daisycakesoap's olive oil soaps
SandraHealy's carved animals

What does your future hold?
Immediate future: I am planning my first trip to Europe at the beginning of February, and look forward to visiting Ireland and Poland in particular.
Other than that, I would be perfectly happy to continue what I am doing. My fondest wish is to sell everything I make so that I can keep making more.

Visit morgansilk on Etsy or at her personal website, www.morgansilkscarf.com