PORTFOLIO > Preservation

Transformation
Mixed media and eco dyed fabrics
28 x 57
2013
Transformation (rear)
Mixed media and eco dyed fabrics
28 x 57
2013
Transformation (detail)
Mixed media and eco dyed fabrics
28 x 57
2013
Bundles
Digitally printed cotton
46 x 36
2013
Separation
Cotton, eco dyed
18 x 38
2013
Separation (Detail)
Cotton, eco dyed
18 x 38
2013
Text and Formulae
Digitally printed linen, maple seeds, photographic paper
36 x 24 and 8 x 10
2013
Text and Formulae (detail)
Digitally printed linen, maple seeds, photographic paper
36 x 24 and 8 x 10
2013
Flight
Digitally printed cotton
36 x 46
2013
I Bind to Myself Today...
Linen shirt, eco dyed, digitally printed silk
2013
I Bind to Myself Today (rear)
Linen shirt, eco dyed, digitally printed silk
2013
Planetary Studies
Shibori discharged wool, eco dyed wool and silk
42 x 36
2013
Genetic Studies
Shibori discharged wool
35 x 64
2011
Genetic Studies (detail)
Shibori discharged wool
35 x 64
2011
Nature's Architecture
Eco dyed silk
20 x 14
2012
Three Graces
Recycled, eco dyed garments
60 x 62
2013
Traveler
Recyled, eco dyed garment, digitally printed cotton
40 x 75
2013
Traveler (Detail)
Recyled, eco dyed garment, digitally printed cotton
40 x 75
2013
The Key
Eco dyed silk
36 x 45
2010
The Key (Detail)
Eco dyed silk
36 x 45
2010

I use two methods to put color and images on fabrics. One is an ancient method of coloring fibers with dyes I make from plant materials I collect and grow (eco dyeing and eco printing, most extensively studied by India Flint). Another is using flatbed scanners to capture images that I manipulate on a computer and print on cotton and silk.

The works in Preservation are intended to evoke memories. Lost fragments of personal history, confusing familiarity of something we once saw or read about, a sense that we have passed this way before. Here are pieces of a shared history that might be displayed in a museum, if anthropology could discover their meanings and origins.

Some of this work was created and installed at The Women's Art Institute (June 2013) at St. Catherine University.