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Pushing the boundaries of this ancient medium since 1984 and bringing a fine art sensibility
to the interaction of dyes and resist on silk.
Now opening up new possibilities of painterly expression.

Work has been exhibited across the US,
in England and Japan in gallery, private
and museum settings.















Mendocino Art Center
In-person classes 2023

We will go beyond putting down lines and filling colors, working towards creating depth and color harmony in two 3-day workshops:


August 13-15

The different effects of various underpainting approaches will be demonstrated

Three dye thickeners and the advantages of each

Dye dispersion formulas shared

Layering of imagery and palimpsest


August 17-19

Color theory and practice:

creating accents and harmony

How to add depth to your composition

Use of stencils (purchased or hand-made) 

Option to make your own stencils

Each 3-day class is $450. 

Both 3-day classes are $750 


There will be studio access on our free day, August 16.


A Materials List of what to bring will be provided upon registration.

Materials Fee: $15


Each one’s uniqueness is the point of these exploratory sessions; to honor and encourage each person to move towards their own best work.

A student scholarship for a young Mendocino or Fort Bragg artist between the ages of 20-45 is available.



The Mendocino Art Center

The third week of June

Watch for more upcoming information.

The Silk Painters International Festival

at Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft

in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

September 29-October 5

Updated Imagery on Silk Class- 2 Days


We all have work that was completed but isn’t as pleasing as we had hoped for.

Here’s the basic fact: There’s no such thing as a bad silk painting, only an unfinished one!

Together, we will learn multiple techniques for expanding the impact of a painting, steamed or not. Color coordination, textures and layered imagery are among the options as Suzanne gives you in her caring view of your previous work, respecting all your efforts already made. 

New possibilities and greater creativity await.



Moths and Butterflies on Silk Class- 2 Days


Long a favorite addition to botanical images, here are the best ways to bring moths and butterflies to your silk paintings. With images, templates and dye thickener provided, techniques will be shared for adding depth and dimensionality to your work. The principles of good composition are always the starting point. Enjoy the harmonized colors and new effects possible. Expand your range of creation with both inspiration and technical support. New life to your paintings on silk!


MAY 19-21, 2023
See class description at
Friday May 19  6pm Pacific Time
Saturday+Sunday May 20, 21
  2 sessions for 1.5 hours each
9am +1pm Pacific Time

 Contact Karen Malin
Education Director of SPIN

Amsterdam at West 76th Street

Monthly One Day Intensives from 10 am to 6 pm
Working on 34" sq or 14x70" oblong silk crepe,
we create a finished painting in one day

that may be worn or framed.
Best quality materials and full technical support.

All silk painting classes at the JCC are on hold
due to the
after effects of the pandemic


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