Mandy Southan’s unique textile art combines silk painting with the ancient Japanese art of shibori (shaped resist dyeing) to create extraordinary fabrics with hand-painted designs, 3-dimensional textures and stunning colour combinations – the hallmark of her work.
Recurring designs found in nature – animal and fish markings, plant forms, dappled light and moving water all find their way into Mandy’s silk art. Her hand-painted and finely pleated scarves are dramatic statement pieces: dynamic when worn, they open and close with movement, revealing and concealing the underlying pattern. Her flower studies in watercolour morph into exuberant, large-scale florals on delicate chiffons and georgettes and using rozome techniques (Japanese wax resist) she builds speckled layers of luminous colour and subtly blended tone into organic abstracts. Each piece is a one-off, individually designed, skillfully crafted and carefully finished with hand-rolled edges, lampwork glass beads or hand dyed silk tassels.
Mandy Southan trained at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, graduating with an hons. degree in Fashion/Textiles.
She has painted on silk for over 30 years and has a worldwide reputation as a silk painter and colourist.
She is author of 5 instructional textile books, including bestselling ‘Beginner’s Guide to Silk Painting’ and ‘Shibori – Designs and Techniques’.
Her work has been featured widely in magazines and publications including ‘Textiles Now’ by Drusilla Cole and ‘Textiles – The Art of Mankind’ by Mary Schoeser (pub. Autumn 2012)
Mandy is president of The Guild of Silk Painters and teaches courses at West Dean College, West Sussex, and at her home studio in Hastings.
Telephone: 01424 716452