Friday, June 14, 2013

May 18 -- Kristy Bishop

Kristy Bishop visited us to talk about dyeing and her experiences while acting as artist in residence.  She started out as a painter, but has transferred her love of color to the world of dyeing.

Kristy Bishop stands beside one
of her lovely pieces.  This piece
was a study in natural dyes.
During her residency, Kristy experimented with natural dyes, focusing on local plants.  While experimenting, she came up with the idea of creating recipe cards to track how she achieved various colors.  This sounds like a very good idea for those of us who tend to forget how we managed to make a beautiful color that we want more of!  Some of the plants that Kristy has used are sweet gum (a muddy green dye), tick seed (yellow), and various flowers- many of which were discarded from florist shops.

Throughout her residency, Kristy taught dyeing lessons to art classes at several schools.  Her main focus for these lessons was Shibori.  Apparently, while the students enjoyed the process and results, they did not appreciate the smell!

You can see the tables through
the fabric of this piece.
I wish I could have seen the
full installation!  
We were able to see some of Kristy's work from her latest show during the presentation.  One piece was a study in various natural dyes.  It was very interesting to see how many color variations she created and the finished product is beautiful.  This was accomplished by dyeing small pieces of fabric, then gathering it tightly and stitching it onto a canvas.  The other piece that we saw was part of a larger installation.  This stunning installation involved several different sized pieces of sheer fabric hung from embroidery hoops at different heights and depths within storage containers so that you can look through the various pieces to see the others behind them.   To dye the fabric, Kristy first folded it in various ways, then clamped rings such as mason jar lids to either side of the folded fabric, and finally dyed it with indigo.  This created a stunning pattern of  bright white within the dark and bright shades of blue.  The full installation must have been stunning!