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Quality Comparison

Quality Guidelines for Silk Art                                                                                                    

You do not have to be an expert to appreciate the quality of handmade Silk Art masterpieces. One look is all you will need to be impressed. To judge the quality of Silk Art, please look at:
  1. Artistic Talent – The individual artist’s skills and development.
  2. Strand Size – The thinner the thread, the more refined the art.
  3. Stitch Length – The shorter the stitches, the more precision of the art.
  4. Silk Colors – The more colors, the more realistic look of the art.
  5. Stitch Layers – The more layers, the greater the depth of perspective of the art.

Combining these quality elements together determine the true value of the silk artwork. The quality and prices range from very high-end artwork worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to low-end pieces worth tens of dollars. This section is designed to help you determine the true value.

 

1. Artistic Talent – The individual skills and development

Professional Silk Art artists go through a lengthy learning process to develop their skills and talent. The very first lessons begin on grandma’s knee. For Silk Art families, teaching our children about the family legacy is a centuries old tradition. For those with talent and an interest, formal training starts in their late teens.

Artists must spend ten years as a student and another eight years as a teacher in order to meet the time requirement to be a Master Silk Artist. After five years as a Master Silk Artist, an artist may apply to become a Grand Master Silk Artist. These are general guidelines. Time alone does not necessarily make you a Master or Grand Master. Talent and skill must be demonstrated as well.

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Master silk artwork

Artistic talent: master silk artist

Strand size:  single strand, 1/16

Stitch length: very small

Silk colors: up to 36

Stitch layers: up to 19

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Silk artwork

Artistic talent: silk artist

Strand size: 8 strands, 8/16

Stitch length: long

Silk colors: approx 6

Stitch layers: 4

 

2. Strand Size – The thinner the silk, the finer the art

The thickness of the silk thread is an important aspect of each work of Silk Art. One silk thread can be divided into 16 individual strands, the smallest, finer than a human hair. A good rule-of-thumb is the thinner the silk, the finer the quality of the Silk Art.

Overall, the affect of Silk Art is similar to Pointillism. Up close you can see each of the tiny stitches and marvel at the design and execution of such detailed work, but when you step back, you are enthralled by the beauty of the image created.

The quality of a piece is primarily identified by the strand count used to create the art. You can have a one strand piece, two strand piece, four strand piece, eight strand piece or sixteen strand piece. Only a tiny handful of people can stitch using a single strand.
The single strand is so delicate the slightest inadvertent movement can break it.

Single strand pieces are rare and very expensive, ranging in the thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars. While some Master Artists can work in single strand, this is generally the realm of Grand Master Artists. The result is a near-photographic realism for the nature-based pieces, and expression and emotion for the conceptual works.

We categorize our art as:

Medium – 8 Strands
Fine – 4 Strands
Very fine – 2 Strands
Ultra fine – 1 Strand, single

The two images below, give some perspective on thread thickness.

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Master silk artwork

Artistic talent: master silk artist

Strand size:  single strand, 1/16

Stitch length: very small

Silk colors: up to 20

Stitch layers: up to 12

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Silk artwork

Artistic talent: silk artist

Strand size: 4 strands, 4/16

Stitch length: long

Silk colors: approx 6

Stitch layers: 3

 

3. Stitch Length – The smaller the stitching, the more precision of art

Long stitches are faster and easier, short stitches are more time consuming. Quality is directly impacted by the stitching. It is how the artist controls the overall imaging but also the interaction with light and shadows. Stitching can be so small you can not even determined it has been stitched. The smaller the stitching, the higher quality of art.

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Master silk artwork

Artistic talent: master silk artist

Strand size:  2 strands, 2/16

Stitch length: very small

Silk colors: up to 45

Stitch layers: up to 32

34036

Silk artwork

Artistic talent: silk artist

Strand size: 8 strands, 8/16

Stitch length: very long

Silk colors: approx 6

Stitch layers: 3

 

4. Color – the more colors, the more realistic look of the art

Only carefully-dyed, pure silk is used in our Silk Art. We use thousands of different shades of color. The wide variety of tones and shades used by our artists, allow them to create shading and dimension bringing the silk embroidery artwork to life. The same images may made in different sizes and quality levels. Usually, the larger canvases will use a greater variety of colors. With few exceptions, very detailed and colorful artwork will need to be made in larger sizes.

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Master silk artwork

Artistic talent: master silk artist

Strand size:  2 strands, 2/16

Stitch length: very small

Silk colors: up to 60

Stitch layers: up to 27

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Silk artwork

Artistic talent: silk artist

Strand size: 8 strands, 8/16

Stitch length: very long

Silk colors: approx 6

Stitch layers: 3

 

5. Layers of Stitches – Visual Depth

Silk artists vary the length and thickness of stitches, layering them one on top of one another to create depth of perspective. The Silk Art creation process is different from paintings. When an artist creates an image in silk, each of the individual fibers and their color remain intact. Where a painter would blend the paints to create the exact affect desired, a silk embroidery artist must blend the colors by layering them. The effect is to control exposure of color, depth of perspective, lighting and shadowing, creating an effect not replicated in any other form of art.  The more skilled an artist is at layering and stitching the more dynamic the interaction with light. This is a key measurement of quality called Visual Depth.

Some simple pieces may have 3 or 4 layers of stitches; larger works might have ten times that amount. When a Silk Artist creates a very complicated landscape, it has more layers of stitches than are completely visible, building and blending the colors to replicate nature as closely as possible. The same piece of art can become the forest in morning sun, to mid-day, to evening and even all the way to moonlight. It is truly spectacular and beautiful.

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Master silk artwork

Artistic talent: master silk artist

Strand size:  4 strands, 4/16

Stitch length: very small

Silk colors: up to 36

Stitch layers: up to 35

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Silk artwork

Artistic talent: silk artist

Strand size: 8 strands, 8/16

Stitch length: very long

Silk colors: approx 6

Stitch layers: 3