SILK PAINTING I / by Michelle Urvall Nyren

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II discovered silk painting in my last year of university, making fine lines and stripes on shirts and trousers for my end-of year project. I was told shortly after that in fact, silk painting had a long history in Vietnam, where my grandfather was from, developed at the Hanoi University of Fine Art, or as it was called during the French colonial times, École Supérieure des Beaux Arts de l’Indochine.

I researched the Vietnamese artisanry called Tranh lụa, interested in the technique more so than the style, but enthralled by the effect the colours had on the silk material. In terms of style, I was later to find inspiration in my Swedish grandmother’s textile designs, but the first encounter with the technique was in the silk paintings of Nguyễn Phan Chánh.