This photograph was taken at the 2005 Harrogate exhibition when she was manning the stall of the Guild of Silk Painters.
Denise qualified as a teacher of Art and Design in 1967 at Bingley College, Leeds University. After teaching in London she became Head of Art and Design in a large comprehensive school in the Midlands. In 1989 she moved to Stockport and developed textile design in the Art Department at Marple Hall School.
She now concentrates on silk painting using dyes and threads to produce evening bags, scarves, ties, cushions and mirror frames, as well as pictures. Her work has been influenced by travels in Asia, especially Indonesia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and India. Previous exhibitions of her work have been held at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal; Stockport Hat Museum; Staircase House in Stockport; Bramall Hall; Buxton Visitors Centre, Bollington Art Centre and Stockport Art Gallery. Denise is an active member of the International Guild of Silk Painters and Silk-n-Threads.
Her most recent work has been a collection of individually designed textile necklaces.
EXAMPLES OF DENISE'S SILK PAINTINGS
Denise uses steam fix dyes for her paintings as she believes they give the most vibrant effects. She does not use gutta (resist) in her paintings, instead using the movement and properties of the dye to create the effects.
Remember to click on each picture to enlarge and appreciate fully the vibrancy and effect.
EXAMPLES OF DENISE'S SILK SCARVES.
All of the scarves below are 100% silk, and have been dyed using steam fix dyes as they give the most vibrant colour.
Denise sells her scarves through various local outlets such as the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Remember to click on each picture to appreciate the vibrant colours and effects that silk painting can achieve.
The four modelled scarves have been folded and then clamped before being dipped in dye, resulting in their patterned effect.
These two scarves have been folded and wrapped around a pole shibori style resulting in these stunning patterns.
The remaining scarves have been stretched on a frame and then the design painted on. Salt has been added before the dye dries creating the effect of movement.