commissioned textile installation “Treehouse”, 2022
private collection, London

material: walnut-dyed habotai silk, walnuts
dimensions: variable

photo credits: artist

"(...) But nowhere, perhaps, has a maker’s context been more intimately interwoven here than in the guest bedroom. 'I have always been intrigued by tented rooms,' Silka explains as we enter. Here she has conjured high-gloss, aubergine walls and, against the window, wall and ceiling, acres or fluid draped silk.  As ever, the provenance of this is paramount. Juliane Schreiber is a German textile artist who lives on the Baltic Sea. For this room, she hand-dyed antique silk with stain made from the walnut tree in her mother's garden. The nuts, leaves, bark and shells were all used to create the myriad different tones. Schreiber then hand-stitched each dyed panel together and sewed intact walnuts from the original tree into the hem of the curtains to weigh them down. The result is a room that ripples with light made (literally) material, which suggests the ephemeral but also possesses a solidity that comes from the purple paintwork and the tulipwood bed by Sarah Staton. (...)"

Excerpt from the articel “Smooth as Silka”, written by Tree Sherriff for the magazine World of Interiors (Dec. 2023)