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The Portfolio of Textile Artist Michael Shyka

A custom silk textile made with hand-painted dyesFeathers, dye on silk

Michael Shyka is a textile artist and fashion designer who creates his own fabric designs by painting directly onto silk. Michael also works in watercolour, creating paintings that bring the artist’s fashion-minded aesthetics into the realm of landscape and portrait painting.

A hand-painted silk textile with a basket-weave patternsbasket weave print, woven


I love Michael’s floral designs on silk textiles. As we saw in our previous feature of Michael’s hand-painted silk textiles, the artist gravitates toward saturated colours and repeating patterns that use large, simplified versions of floral blossoms and leaves. The artist takes advantage of the slight, painterly moments of imperfection created by his medium to lend each work a delicate, ethereal quality.

The front page of Michael Shyka's art portfolio


The artist’s portfolio also features a gallery of fashions, in which the artist’s work can be seen “in action,” so to speak. The clothing seen being modeled reflects the aforementioned ethereal qualities of Michael’s designs -- most of his outfits are flowing, light, and perfect for a summer stroll.

A photo of someone modelling a custom silk garmentBias Striped Strap Top & Skirt

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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