A Statement From the Textile Artist
I challenge the serviceable idea of cloth and do the unthinkable to it. I paint on it, I cut and tear it, and I add gel medium and markings to highlight what is unique about cloth. It is absorbent, flexible, malleable and has a kind of memory. It can hold a pleat, maintain a shape and retain a shadow of what went before. Think of the patterns and textures created using stitch resist traditions from Japan, for example. Or the stain left from releasing a seam or a hem. Consider the life stories we hold when we gaze upon a vintage kimono cloth.
My work is a celebration of what happens when a two-yard length of silk broadcloth or linen is transformed from a useful cloth to something new, unexpected and beautiful. Accomplished with dye, paint and stitch, the wall hangings are narrow panels made with the grid as the primary motif. The negative and positive spaces created by this grid are explored with color, embroidery and applique to create an elegant whole. Including vintage kimono remnants adds a sense of history and dimension to the work.