Thursday, December 15, 2011
The Art of Layering
I have come to think of myself as a layerist. When I think about my work and why I like working with this medium, I think of the appeal in creating multiple layers. Any given piece of cloth has 10-20 physical layers and a number of metaphorical layers. I also see the layers as a metaphor for my life's journey. The transformation that occurs on the cloth reflects the transformation that occurs within me as I create. The white fabric represents unlimited possibilities. As I build layer upon layer of resist, dye, printing, stitching and beading, the cloth becomes rich with depth and texture, just as each experience I have in life adds depth and texture to my being.
This topic is on my mind this week because I've been invited to speak to the Kerrville Art Club next week. I spent a lot of time trying to decide what would appeal to the group. How could I translate what I do to other media? After a lot of thought, I realized that the best approach is to talk about what I know, so I'll be demonstrating the process of layering. I'll start with white cloth and transform it layer by layer, showing some of the techniques I typically use. The meeting is open to the public, so stop by if you have a chance - I'd love to see you.
Kerrville Art Club
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Hill Country Arts Foundation
120 Point Theatre Road, Ingram, TX