Monday, October 21, 2013

Congratulations to Diane Schulteiss!

Congratulations to Diane Schulteiss for winning Staff Choice for her silk wall hanging Noah's Sea at the Georgia Quilt Show.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

October 20th Silk Painters of Atlanta & Beyond Meeting

Sunday October 20th we have a Silk Painters of Atlanta & Beyond (SPA) meeting from 2-4pm ad the SEFAA Center.
Topics we will discuss will be:

Signing up to exhibit at Ray Perotti's Shellman Gallery next year.
The SPIN (Silk Painter's International) Chapter Quilt Hanging project coordinated by Diane Schulteiss.
And more.

And a special demo by Martha Andreatos on how to make cards with our scrap silks.

Please bring your Show and Tells that we didn't get to go over at the last meeting!
Here is the link to the meeting site (click on right hand side map directions; enter through back door):

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Susan Big's Silk Makes Cover

Susan Big's Hamsa embroidered on hand dyed silk made the cover of The Paper Pomegranate.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Next SPA Meeting Oct 6 at Kathy Colt's Studio

Our next SPA meeting is really a Kathy Colt studio/talk on Oct 6. Space is limited and there is a cost of  $10 per person. Please contact Martha Andreatos
to sign up

Kathy Colt Fiber Artist

Fiber Processes

Friday, July 12, 2013

Kathy Colt Studios Presents

Kathy Colt will be out guest speaker for our meeting on October 6th will be opening her studio on

 Friday, July 26th from 4pm to 8pm
Location: 1978 Westminster Way, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30307

What's up?  My spring petal-una skirts and scarves are on sale and I have some lovely new pieces made from my original hand-printed cloth (You can view images on her website)!

There are two spaces available in the nuno felt workshop scheduled for Saturday, July 20th from 9am-5:30pm. 

 Here's the link for more info:  I have extended the registration period to the end of the day, Monday, July 15.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013



Sunday Aug 4th 2:00 to 4:00                                                                                                
1705 Commerce Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Sunday Oct  6th 2:00 to 4:00  
Talk and studio tour by Kathy Colt space is limited and there is a $10.00 fee for this meeting
Kathy is an accomplished Felting Artist please visit her web site and you will be blown away by her lovely designs in felting and nuno felting.
Sunday Dec 1st 2:00 to 4:00 
Martha Andreatos will give a demo on line building and "free form" silk painting.  We have room if you want to bring supplies and make it hands on. Come and play with this fun free flowing design technique.
                                                                                                                                                         Hellenne Vermilliion will give a recap of Kiranada Sterling Benjamin's workshop.  
SEFAA Center 

SEFAA Center 
1705 Commerce Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

When we meet at the SEFAA center we will "pass the hat" the cover the cost of the room rental.  thanks



The rich blue hue of indigo-dyed fabrics has transfixed people for centuries. Indigo, in fact, is among the oldest textile dyes, originating in India and South East Asia and spreading through trade to Europe, Africa and America. One of Georgia’s first cash crops was actually wild indigo!
Now you can explore the process by which a leafy green plant becomes dye that, through oxidation, transforms fabric from green to blue before your eyes. Plus, because it doesn’t require chemicals to be lightfast, indigo is a great place to begin discovering the art of natural dyes. Join Gretchen in two days of indigo dyeing, and go home with a beautiful blue silk scarf of your design.indigo
On the first day, you’ll learn about the chemistry of natural dyes, the history of indigo and try your hand at several techniques including plangi shibori, arashi shibori as well as traditional tie, stitch and clamp resists. On the second day, you’ll design and create your own masterpiece to wear for years to come. Plus, if you have any natural fiber fabrics or yarn at home you’d like to dye, please bring them along!
About the Instructor:Gretchen is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a concentration in Fibers. She seeks anything to ignite her passion, spark her creativity and be spiritually grounding. Having studied Fibers in college, she was naturally attracted to textiles and how easily they could be manipulated with color and form.
Gretchen owns a small business, Thrive, where she continually explores the endless possibilities of dyeing in her studio. The products she produces through Thrive are a reflection of her own personal journey and transformation within her practice of meditation and yoga.
Location & Time:Saturday July 13 & 20, 10:00-12:30
Location: The Indie-pendent (Upstairs)
1052 St. Charles Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Cost:For Georgia Organics Members: $50 + $12 supply fees = $62- Enroll Now!  
For Non-Members: 
$75 + $12 supply fees = $87- Enroll Now!
Want to become a member of Georgia Organics and save on classes while supporting the local food movement? Join today!
Date(s) – 07/13/2013 – 07/20/2013
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Get the latest issue of Silkworm magazine from SPIN

Join SPIN to get the issue or order the magazine itself:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Next SPA&beyond meeting is Aug 4 Sunday

Silk Painters of Atlanta, SPA&beyond is rising like a Phoenix.  We are now part of SEFAA,, and we will be having regular bimonthly meetings.  Our next meeting is scheduled for:

 Aug 4th 2013
 from 2:00 to 4:00, 
 at the SEFAA center 
1705 Commerce Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30328.

The program will be presented by Hellenne Vermillion.  She attended Kiranada Benjamin's Batik workshop last month and will be sharing what she learned with us.  We also encourage everyone to bring show and tell of their latest work.

We plan to meet every other month on the first Sunday of that month so you can put us on your calendar.  We encourage anyone practicing silk painting or just interested in learning to join us.

Hellenne Vermillion and Martha Andreatos

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Kiranada Benjamin Workshop

Kiranada Benjamin left, front row. Students with their work. 
A three day workshop was given by the master silk artist Kiranada Benjamin click here for website at the end of June in Atlanta at the SEFAA Center ( An intense and information packed wonderful three days where ten of us learned Japanese Rozome (wax resist) with techniques using bokashi, etching, and stencils using acid dye pigments from Japan and soy milk as sizing. Here are some samples of things we practiced:

blending using special handmade Japanese dye brushes

etching on wax resist and filling in lines with dye

blending, wax resist in layers, wax crackling

Kiranada Benjamin plans to return for a 5 day workshop in March of 2014 in Atlanta to once again share her 40plus years of experience with Rozome.
wax resist and wax crackling

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Our Silk Painter's of Atlanta & beyond first annual show of work is currently at the SEFAA Center ( for a month.

Seen here are works by Martha Andreatos, Susan Big, and Kathy Scofield.

More work from Margaret Aigner, Susan Big, Kathy Scofield, Hellenne Vermillion and Martha Andreatos.

Workshop on Framing of Silk Pieces, etc

Martha Andreatos gave us a wonderful workshop on framing our silk pieces. She showed us how to adhere silk to a purchased canvas with matte medium, how to wrap a silk piece over a stretcher bar frame over a layer of flannel, and how to paint matte medium on the edge of a silk hanging piece to stop fraying. 

Martha Andreatos showing one of her nude silk painting pieces she had adhered to stretched canvas.

Examples of various methods of framing silk pieces.

Sue M and Cici L having fun during the workshop.

Martha demonstrating how to wrap silk around a stretcher bar frame.

Quilting flannel (acid free) is added first to the stretcher frame to create a padding for the silk.

Taking care of the corners.

Using acrylic matte medium to "glue" silk to purchased canvas.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kathy Colt Open Studio This Saturday

Just a reminder that I am opening my studio this Saturday, June 1st from 10am-4pm.  I'll have lovely hand-dyed linen and silk garments from the petal-una collection, along with a few new felt works.  Here's a link with some images.
Also: There is still space in both the Surface Design I and Nuno Felt Intro workshops.  Click here for more info.
Hope to see you this Saturday!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

SPIN Mini-festival Call for entries

It's your chance to enter silk dye painted art in the Mini-Silk Painters International (SPIN) Festival Show.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chapter Wall Hangings for SPIN

Atlanta and beyond silk artists, SPIN (Silk Painters International wants each Chapter to create a group wall hanging. Who's interested??

Dimensions:       FINAL dimensions 42" tall by 45" wide...  The sleeve at the top is 3"   A border of 2" on all 4 sides
Deadline:          January 2014
Colors:             any and all 
Design:            Each Chapter will design a quilt that “feels” like their geographical location.  For instance San Diego will have garibaldi fishes, beach scenes, and all the awesome things   That say “San Diego”.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Silk Painters of Atlanta Call for Entries!!

We're having our first show of silk art Silk To Dye For to be held at SEFAA Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance Center at

1705 Commerce Dr. NWAtlanta, GA 30318

Show dates are Sunday June 2nd Opening for a month. You must be a current member of Silk Painters of Atlanta (membership fee is $10 per year payable to Martha Andreatos, c/o SEFAA, 1705 Commerce Drive NW, Atlanta GA 30318). For more info contact

This is a juried show via image emailed to or

We encourage framed art but scarves will be accepted.  

1.  The exhibition opening will be Sunday June 2nd 2013. 

2.  Submission forms are due on May 25th with an image of the piece. The may be sent via email to Hellenne Vermillion at or Martha Andreatos at with

PRICE if available for sale or Not For Sale
A LITTLE "story" if there is one to the piece


3.  The installation of the show will be May 31st and all SPA members available are asked to help. 

4. Silk Painters of Atlanta nor SEFAA is responsible for any damage or theft to the art work. Please provide your own insurance. 

5. Deadline to send images via email is May 25th. Acceptance emails will be sent by May 27th. Delivery of pieces will need to be Tuesday May 28th between 10:00am - 2:00pm. 

6. Unframed pieces will be hung via push pins, scarves included, unless other hanging apparatus is provided by the artist.