Craft maker : Ann-Marie Granger

It was love at first sight for Ann-Marie Granger when she first discovered the intricate art of Japanese brush painting more than 10 years ago and she has been perfecting her craft ever since.


“I initially saw this work in a book in 2006 and I searched everywhere for someone to teach me,” says Ann-Marie.


“I rang all over Australia and I had just about given up when I happened to meet a Japanese calligraphy artist, whose wife taught this amazing artform. I was with her for 10 years, it was fabulous, she taught me so much.”


Dating back thousands of years, Japanese brush painting method uses dark liquid ink and a natural hair brush to create striking monochromatic images.


“The style of painting it’s very volatile. The paper is very thin, so if you put a wet brush on it just explodes. You need to know where to place the brush and that’s where it becomes very technical. You spend the first 12 months just learning how to load the brush correctly, so you get the right effects,” she says.


More recently, Ann-Marie has incorporated this ancient art form to create stunning hand-painted silk scarves using French dye to create a range of intense and vibrant colours.


“In some ways there is similarity in the technique, even though it’s a different medium, so it really appealed to me when I discovered I could marry the two skills together.


“You do get the volatility, because your colour explodes on the silk. The luster of silk is just gorgeous, it’s so alive.”


Ann-Marie will have a range of her beautiful scarves for sale at the Arts and Crafts expo, which make a beautiful and unique gift for someone special.

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