About Deb Lysek of Silk Marble Studio
Thank you for visiting Silk Marble Studio. I am a fabric artist living on the Central Coast. After retiring from running a business with my husband in Southern California for 25 years, we moved to rural Templeton in 2010 where I pursue my art and my husband grows orchids. It took a few years to figure out what I would do with my time, post retirement. I always knew I would gravitate to some form of art, I just had to find what inspired me. I took several workshops for local artists and found I most enjoyed silk marbling and silk painting.
Silk is my canvas. Why silk? Mainly because silk has a beautiful, soft, flowing feel to it. A silk scarf adds elegance to any outfit. I design and hand paint my scarves using either a marbling or silk painting technique. The only thing these two have in common is the silk. Marbling uses paints and tools specifically designed for the marbling process. Silk painting on the other hand uses French silk dyes and resists. Although they are two different processes, the end results are beautiful one of a kind hand made silk scarves.
I knew that as much as I enjoyed making scarves, I wanted to broaden my art form and I found as I was creating more floral designs for the silk painted scarves, those designs began finding their way into wall hangings and framed pieces of art. Many of my floral subjects come from photos taken throughout my travels and from the orchids grown in my husband’s greenhouse. I enjoy the challenge of finding new subjects to sketch that become silk painted pieces.
And that is why I love working with silk – it can be a scarf or a piece of art-it is so versatile.
One of the fun pieces I like to create are wine presentation bags. Since we are in wine country, a unique way to present a bottle of wonderful Paso Robles wine, whether for yourself or as a gift, is in a custom marbled wine bag. The bags are marbled on silk dupioni and fully lined ready to show off that special bottle of wine.