Bangor artist creates designs in silk

Posted Jan. 18, 2013, at 6:17 a.m.
Michael Shyka stands up a scarf to dry after giving it a few touch ups in his downtown Bangor studio on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Shyka said he hand paints all of his garments. &quotI'm all about color," he said.
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Michael Shyka stands up a scarf to dry after giving it a few touch ups in his downtown Bangor studio on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Shyka said he hand paints all of his garments. "I'm all about color," he said. Buy Photo
Silk designer Michael Shyka works in his Park Street studio in downtown Bangor on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Shyka uses a Singer sewing machine from the 1950s to sew his designs. &quotI love the way it looks. It's so good, so precise." he said.
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Silk designer Michael Shyka works in his Park Street studio in downtown Bangor on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Shyka uses a Singer sewing machine from the 1950s to sew his designs. "I love the way it looks. It's so good, so precise." he said. Buy Photo
Shyka keeps his dog, Foxy, in his lap while he sews so she will not bark at the passing mailman, he said.
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Shyka keeps his dog, Foxy, in his lap while he sews so she will not bark at the passing mailman, he said. Buy Photo
Michael Shyka lays out a canvas of silk to apply a fresh layer of paint in his downtown Bangor studio on Monday, Jan. 17, 2013.
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Michael Shyka lays out a canvas of silk to apply a fresh layer of paint in his downtown Bangor studio on Monday, Jan. 17, 2013. Buy Photo
Michael Shkya became interested in silk design while studying at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. &quotIt's such a sensuous material to work with. I just love it," he said.
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Michael Shkya became interested in silk design while studying at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. "It's such a sensuous material to work with. I just love it," he said. Buy Photo

By Carter McCall, Special to the BDN

Silk designer Michael Shyka has been creating handmade garment designs for more than 15 years. After attending the Parsons School of Design in New York City, Shyka worked in the fashion hubs of New York and Miami Beach before returning his native Maine to be with family.

Shyka works out of a shared studio space on Park Street in downtown Bangor. All of his silk designs are hand-painted and form garments of all kinds, from scarves to kimonos.

“It’s such a sensuous fabric to with with … I’m all about the colors. I love the color,” said Shyka.

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