Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

Busting the Myth Surrounding Silk Painting

I just wanted to say a few words to dispel the myth that silk painting is painstaking. It’s not. It’s fun, creative and you never know where it’s going to take you. Enjoy.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | INSPIRATIONS | , , , , , | 39 Comments

Totterdown Arts Trail – Front Room

I just wanted to leave a quick note for all those of you who live in the Bristol area (UK). The Totterdown Arts trail, aka Front Room, starts tomorrow evening in all its glory and here are the details for the venue I am taking part in:

Friday, 19th November: evening reception and preview  with free wine and nibbles from 6 – 9pm

Saturday, 20th November: open from 12 – 6pm with cafe

Sunday, 21st November: open from 12 – 6pm with cafe

I’ll be exhibiting at 88 Oxford Street at the home of Eva Thyghoj, a talented fashion designer. There will be 4 of us at the one venue, offering  jewellery, felting,  designer clothing and silks.  Please come along and meet us if you are around. This is the ideal opportunity to pick up some fabulous Christmas gifts.

For full details of all the venues and artists’ profiles, check out the official Totterdown Arts Trail website.

See you there.

November 18, 2010 Posted by | EXHIBITIONS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stretcher Systems – or Silk Painting Frames

I’ve been doing some digging and am very close to posting some info on the different types of stretcher systems available for silk painters. Just for clarity, stretcher systems are what the North Americans refer to and silk painting frames may be more familiar to other shores. 🙂

Today I was browsing in the Screwfix catalogue for plastic tubing. My husband has it lying around here because he orders lots of bits and pieces for his DIY work. But during our recent Silk Painters’ Skype Chat one of my silk painting colleagues, Janet, recommended I look in the catalogue for plastic tubing which I could use as a frame.

Well,we found it, worked out what I would need to get started and placed an order this afternoon. It’s due to arrive on Tuesday which is really fast! So I’m now looking forward to trying out this system and will definitely post my findings here on the blog for you to have a look at.

There are so many systems that you can try out, so I’ll be taking time to look at a few of them and see what works and what doesn’t work so well with each one.

Looking forward to reporting back. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


November 14, 2010 Posted by | STRETCHER SYSTEMS / SILK PAINTING FRAMES | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kindred Spirit Article

Some of you will already know from my Silk & Art page on Facebook that I had an editorial run this month on my artwork in Kindred Spirit. I was really thrilled that they hardly edited it and just put it out there much in the way they got it from me.

I tried to scan the pages and post them on Facebook but due to the size of the images there, the text was totally fuzzed and no-one could read it.

So… it is again for you in glorious technicolour (well, the second page at least).  You may be able to read it straight from the page, but if not, just click on the image and when the smaller image appears, use the magnifying glass and  the text will appear greatly enlarged. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

November 5th, 2010


Kindred Spirit interview with Fiona Stolze - p1

Kindred Spirit interview with Fiona Stolze part 2


November 10, 2010 Posted by | AWARDS AND ACCOLADES | , , , , , | Leave a comment