Jan Janas holds an art degree from Northern Illinois University. Her strong background in multiple art forms inspires a very artistic and contemporary approach to painting on silk. In addition to the teaching Jan has done through the years, she has written articles about painted silk, and exhibits her work in juried and invitational art shows. Her artwork hangs in private collections across the United States. Born in Egypt, Diane Tuckman gained knowledge of art by visiting Cairo? museums as a child, and later the museums of Paris when she moved to France as a teenager. She founded Ivy Imports in order to bring silk painting supplies from France to the artists of the United States. Diane teaches workshops, exhibits her work around the country, and paints yardage for silk wearables. Jan and Diane have coauthored three silk painting books and are the founders of Silk Painters International (SPIN).

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