Saturday, July 4, 2009

Guild Meeting July 18 -- Arianne King Comer

You'll want to be sure to make the July guild meeting to meet one of our newest members, Arianne King Comer, who will be presenting our program. Arianne is a multi-talented artist specializing in batik using the traditional indigo dye process to create batik paintings, wearable art, and decorative items. The picture is a detail from Arianne's depiction of a Gullah rendition of one of the Psalms that hangs across the back wall of the sanctuary of Charleston's Unity Church on Leed's Avenue.

A graduate of Howard University, Arianne has also studied textiles at the graduate level at Detroit Center of Creative Studies and Cranbrook Art Academy. She worked as a certified art teacher in Michigan before pursuing art full time and studying the indigo dye process on a United Nations grant in Oshogbo, Nigeria in 1992. She was the director of the Ibile Indigo House at Penn Center until 2004 and she relocated to Charleston in 2006.

Clearly Arianne is not only a gifted artist, but an experienced teacher as well. We understand she plans to let us try our hand at a dying process.

In August, we'll take a summer break and not meet formally. Alternative ideas under discussion are to either gather in someone's home at our regular meeting time on Saturday, Aug. 15, or to organize a field trip to visit the woolen mill in Jamestown. Let us know what you'd like to do.