I am inspired by the natural world, hypnotized by the vastness of the sea, lulled into calm by the woods. My work derives from this world and ultimately returns, as nature and time take their course.
Sustainability is my guiding practice. Raw materials–cotton, silk, plant leaves, and dyes–are all natural, with many of local origin. The unique pieces of wearable and wall art I create contemplate the aspect of our nature to see an image in a random pattern…to impose order on a natural process.
Bundle dying USA cotton or vintage silk with local leaves and plant dyes are my primary means of creating surface design on textiles. Before bundling, I arrange natural dyes, leaves, and found items on lengths of cloth in carefully composed patterns and colors. The overall composition is not revealed until after bundles are heated, thus stimulating the magical process of botanical alchemy. Opening each bundle is a gift to me from nature, which I then respectfully transform into a work of art.
The one-size-fits-all fashions I create are USA cotton Jersey, cut and machine sewn by me. The wall art I create is mounted on linen using wheat or rice paste, then wrapped on frames.
Materials used in my work include:
- USA Cotton, vintage silk and linen (Dharma Trading Co)
- Blue – Indigo (Stony Creek Colors, TN) , Woad (my garden)
- Red – Madder (Stony Creek Colors, TN)
- Yellow – Weld, Marigold, Tumeric (my garden)
- Orange – Osage Orange (Stony Creek Colors, TN)
- Brown – Walnut, Hickory (my garden)
- Rust – Old nails, Steel wool
- Black – Rust water
- Leaves – Smokebush, Walnut, Oak, False Indigo, Sage, Rose, Strawberry (my garden)
Natural Dye and Slow Fashion Resources consulted in my work include:
- The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing by J. N. Lyles
- The Modern Natural Dyer by Kristine Vejar
- Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles, by India Flint
- Alabama Studio: Sewing + Design, by Natalie Chanin
- Stony Creek Colors, Robertson County, TN