It’s so easy to fall in love with silk, especially a heavy weight Crepe de Chine. The texture, the drape, how well it saturates with dye colors, the luster, the sound when you work on it - all so captivating. And then there is the feel and sound of silk when you tear it, very memorable. Very cool and light on the skin to wear.
I was struck by the array of beautiful colors I could achieve with just three dyes. I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning to start mixing colors. I spent a year dying fabric then decide to use it for a jewelry line combined with etched metals and glass beads. Just gorgeous and blended so well with apparel.
Nova's silk designs have been displayed nationally from 5th Avenue in New York to Union Square in San Francisco.
Nova received an MA in Design from UC Berkeley. She later moved on to Fine Arts.
Currently working in acrylics, her painting style is whatever suits the concept, be it painterly, photorealism or abstraction. Her Portraits and Landscape paintings can be seen at NovaStarling.com
Nova recently started a nonprofit that gifts schools posters from her Visionary portrait series along with resources to encourage students to find their voice through the arts and make a difference through social action. More information about Art And Resources To Inspire Inc on the website at AARTII.org
Having a profession of a dentist did not leave too much time to be engaged in fine arts, however, I’ve always tried to spend as much time as possible, painting, sculpturing, creating hand crafted jewelry. Several years ago I discovered a new technique for myself: ribbon embroidery, which opened a wide field for creativity in making various compositions of flowers.
In my works I use different types of materials, such as textile, ribbons, wooden elements, yarn and beads.
I live in Pleasanton with my husband and 2 sons.