Welcome to Grasshopper Silk Studio

Exploring the Art of Painting on Silk

My name is Sandy Hopper and welcome to my website dedicated to my oil & silk art and designer wear which is on display at Grasshopper Silk Studio located in scenic Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico.

For over 25 years, I have been creating fine works of art.  I originally started working with oils, but allergies to traditional oils precipitated the transition to working with silk in 2000. Although my work is predominately with silk, I still continue to work in oils on a limited basis and have a dedicated gallery page just for my oil paintings.

Using dyes I create hand painted designs on designer wears including Ruanas, kimonos, scarves and more in every length and style. My specialty includes lovely silk shawls with whispery soft fringe that create the perfect accessory for any outfit.  I love creating special occasion and wedding attire, such as cocoon and butterfly jackets, kimonos, and sarongs. My silk art for display is another specialty of mine and I enjoy creating unique silk panels for shoji screens and framed silk.

Silk is perfect for every occasion, from casual everyday wear to formal Victorian and truly unique custom home decor. Silk is a durable, easy to care for magnificently elegant fabric.  Because of silks unique properties, it's perfect to wear on hot summer nights keeping you cool as it floats beautifully on the softest of summer breezes while also helping you stay warm in the winter adding a touch of vibrant color when tucked inside your jacket collar.  

Residing in New Mexico, my work is exhibited in various New Mexico galleries, shops and of course at my own studio - Grasshopper Silk Art Studio. Twice a year I showcase my newest collections at the New Mexico Women's Foundation's "Rag-Rug Festival and Design Collective". Their spring show is held in March at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Their summer show is in August at the Udall Center for Museum Resources on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Stop by any of these places to see my works up close and the personal detail and attention I create with each of them.  Check out the list of upcoming shows and events by clicking here.

Visitors are always welcome to visit Grasshopper Silk Studio located near beautiful Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico and learn about the processes I use to create these unique items.  Private lessons and workshops are available year-round.  Grasshopper Silk Studio is part of the "New Mexico Fiber Art Trails", Site #55. 

Grasshopper Silk Studio is located at 509 Bass Road, Hot Springs Landing, Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico. We're open to the public on Saturdays & Sundays from 11am to 4pm, or call or email to arrange for a special appointment: Phone (575) 740-4958 & email: ant@grasshoppersilk.com

While visiting the area you might be interested in the hot mineral baths located just 9 miles from us in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Space Port America is also nearby and and coming soon visit the Hot Springs Motorplex, a NASCAR racing complex.  Of special interest is our challenging new golf course Sierra Del Rio, just minutes from my studio. I hope you will visit soon to Explore the Art of Painting on Silk enjoying strolling through my gardens enjoying fantastic views of Elephant Butte Lake.

Silk Designer Wear

Browse our collection of silk designer wear from  Kimonos, ruanas, capes, scarves and shawlsBrowse our collection of silk designer wear from beautiful Kimonos made from 100% Charmeuse, or our gorgeous ruanas, capes, scarves shawls, wine bags & more.

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Fine Art Collection

View our collection of fine art from silk art to shoji screens.View our collection of fine art from silk art to shoji screens. Gorgeous scenic landscapes and designs inspired by Southwestern living.

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