SILK PAINTING I / by Michelle Urvall Nyren

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II discovered silk painting when I started university, making fine lines, stripes and squares on shirts and trousers for my collections. Ironically not seeing the traces of my Swedish grandmother’s batik textiles, I instead took inspiration from the long history of silk painting in Vietnam, where my paternal grandfather was from.

I have always taken an extreme pride in my Vietnamese origins, adoring my grandfather and everything he did. I was proud to research the Vietnamese artisanry Tranh lụa, and the artist Nguyễn Phan Chánh who painted what was said to be expressions of Vietnamese identity.