There's nothing like working with a bunch of artists to get inspired to create more and more wearble art. The best thing one teacher ever said to a class was that we were prolific. We are I thought? I then decided to get busy. The second best thing I ever heard was from a man who worked in a factory. "The way to produce results is to work to fill trams," he said, "not to finish a piece." That meant there would always be silk prepared to be wrapped, wrapped silk to be painted, and painted silk to be sewn.
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For me, it’s all about color. After using the Shibori technique of manipulating fabric by wrapping it around a pole or rope, I always place at least three colors, or shades of one color of dye on the cloth. The fabric resists the dye and creates a pattern. Many of my wearable art designs consist of several strips of hand dyed fabric which have been torn and serged before sewing them together. Through this process I frequently recover memories contained in the 5/8” seam allowance I learned when my mother taught me to sew. In her own way she also taught me that the art is in the ironing.
Some of my newest designs are created by felting alpaca and merino wool to silk before Shibori dyeing the fabric. It is my intention that My Truly Wearable art has a performative quality. When you wear it, not only are you only one hand away from the artist, you become the art.
Currently I live in a cabin in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, hike the mountain and try to figure out how to formulate the colors I see around me.