Gloria Lanza-Bajo lives and works in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Hunter College with an undergraduate degree in psychology and education and an MS Ed in Counseling. Gloria has spent more than 25 years in the advertising business as a manager and combined this with work in not-for-profits as a volunteer. For years she counseled women in transition and worked extensively as a grief counselor following 9/11.
Lanza-Bajo is mainly a self-taught artist who challenged herself by reading art books and practicing her skills. Her formal training was with watercolor artist Nina Suarez at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. She studied advanced silk painting with well known designers Sissi Siska, Susan Louise Moyer and Suzanne Punch. She is currently on the Board of Silk Painters International where she serves as vice president and chair of the membership committee.
Sissi Siska is a leading American voice in silk painting. Her work is prominently featured in Susan L.Moyer’s classic book Silk Painting: The Artist’s Guide to Gutta and Wax Resist Techniques, now considered the “Bible” of silk painting. Her custom fabrics have appeared on the runways of Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs and Isaac Mizrahi.
Sissi’s framed silk fine art pieces have been widely exhibited and are in collections worldwide. Her large scale banner pieces were featured in a joint show at the the U.S. Botanic Garden/ Smithsonian Museum in January 2004.
Sissi has taught at three SPIN conferences, Penland School of Craft, School of Visual Arts, Newark Museum, RIT, Peters Valley, and IS 183, among others.
Publication credits include New York Spaces Magazine, The New York Times, Vogue, Mademoiselle, the Boston Globe, Surface Design magazine, Fiberarts, The Guild: A Sourcebook of American Craft Artists and Women’s Wear Daily.
Sissi was recently featured in American Artist magazine (online, validating the work of all silk painters as a fine art form. She has an intensive teaching schedule this coming year and hopes to make it to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee.
Ronda Lanzi studied oil painting at Loomis Chaffee School and took courses in painting and architecture while completing a degree in electrical engineering at Tufts University.
Ms. Lanzi lived in London for two years and, as a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, took two courses in painting on silk. Her teacher was John Farmelo, an internationally recognized artist, teacher and member of the Silk Painters Guild.
In spring 2003, she traveled to Collioure, France, to paint with other silk artists in a setting where the quality of light inspired Matisse, Derain and Dufy; founders of the art movement Fauvism .
As a member of the New York chapter of Silk Painters International, she enjoys collaborating on group projects, learning new techniques and sharing inspiration with other silk artists.
Ms. Lanzi finds painting on silk an exciting and inspiring medium; the flow of color is even more immediate than with watercolors Ronda’s Garden is the name of her business, where she also markets her unique scarves, pillows and neckties as well as framed art.
Lydia Bang studied silk painting at the Graduate School of Industrial Design, Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. In Seoul, she showcased her works in two different group exhibitions. After moving to the States, for two years she worked as an artist at the Palos Verdes Art Center in California. Her goal as an artist is to use the colors in silk painting in various ways in hope of inspiring a beautiful life.
She currently resides in New Jersey, where she works on her pieces.
She also has a shop on Etsy.com and has been invited to exhibit her work in Palisades Park, New Jersey.
Calice Fyffe is a New York native who discovered her love for silk painting a few years ago when she was looking for an alternative to oil painting. She was researching various painting styles when she came across some textile artists whose work inspired her. Two master silk painters, Sissi Siska and Suzanne Punch are experts in the field of silk painting. Sissi is known for her wax techniques while Suzanne brings an abstract approach to her paintings. Calice had the opportunity to study with both of them.
From these artists, Calice learned about a variety of methods such as the serti technique, underpainting, wax and alcohol. The serti technique involves a painting being outlined in gutta or a water-based resist. When gutta is applied to the silk, it acts as a barrier to prevent the dye from spreading. Calice utilizes both clear and colored gutta in her designs as well as alcohol to add variety to her creations. Working with silk dyes gives her the freedom to create paintings that are both rich in color and intricate in detail.
Karen Lowe works in the New York City fashion industry as a Print Designer (a person who prepares the art that goes on fabric to make all of those pretty florals and paisleys!). She works for several major labels and brands. Karen developed an interest for silk painting a few years ago when she was researching various painting styles when she came across some silk painting techniques that mesmerized her.
Karen specializes and assists in the new digital aspects of the silk painting world. She prepares original painted silk pieces for digital printing and helps with this website. She also plans to host some classes to teach traditional silk painters how to digitize their own silk paintings and prepare them for printing. Stay tuned!