7.23.2014

Gee's Bend Quilts.




"The Quilts of Gee's Bend were created by a group of women who live in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee's Bend, Alabama during the 19th century (when the community was the site of a cotton plantation owned by a Joseph Gee). Currently, more than 50 quilt–makers make up the Gee's Bend Collective..."The compositions of the quilts contrast dramatically with the ordered regularity associated with many styles of Euro-American quilt–making. There's a brilliant, improvisational range of approaches to composition that is more often associated with the inventiveness and power of the leading 20th-century abstract painters than it is with textile-making," writes Alvia Wardlaw, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts." More here. 

Gee's Bend Quilts.







"The Quilts of Gee's Bend were created by a group of women who live in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee's Bend, Alabama during the 19th century (when the community was the site of a cotton plantation owned by a Joseph Gee). Currently, more than 50 quilt–makers make up the Gee's Bend Collective..."The compositions of the quilts contrast dramatically with the ordered regularity associated with many styles of Euro-American quilt–making. There's a brilliant, improvisational range of approaches to composition that is more often associated with the inventiveness and power of the leading 20th-century abstract painters than it is with textile-making," writes Alvia Wardlaw, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts." More here. 

University of Washington's Weaving Room.



7.18.2014

Natural Dye Workshop Continued.

 Michel Garcia's Indigo Workshop (continued):
images from field–trips to the UW's Botanical Greenhouse and the Henry Art Gallery's Textile Collection.

Cochineal.

(Images: field trip to UW's Botanical Greenhouse / Indigo Natural Dye Workshop w/ Michel Garcia). 

7.17.2014

Indigo.

(Images: yesterday's field trip to UW's Botanical Greenhouse / Indigo Natural Dye Workshop w/ Michel Garcia). 

7.15.2014

Natural Dye Workshop w/ Michel Garcia.

I was so thrilled to partake in a 5–day workshop "Fundamentals of Color from Plants and Insects: Exploring Wide Applications of Natural Dyeing and Printing on Textiles," with dye–master Michel Garcia

"A French National born in Morocco, Garcia is a well–respected botanist, chemist, and naturalist. In addition, he is an artist, author, and curator. Michel Garcia has unlocked the natural, colorful mystery of plants, through a life–long passion and interest. In the process he has developed ways to lessen the environmental impact of chemical dyes."

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