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Sculpting with Fabric to Create Textile Art for the Home and Body
Sculpting with Fabric to Create Textile Art for the Home and Body
How do you do that?!?
It’s fabric magic! Just kidding… The technique used to create these beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art is called Shibori. Shibori is an ancient Japanese technique dating back to the 8th century. It’s more commonly known as tie-dye when you apply it to something like cotton or linen. I exclusively use silk for its sculptural characteristics since it keeps its shape once heat is applied. You can use polyester too but it melts and let’s face it, it’s polyester, yuck! Shibori is a time and labor intensive process but at least for me, it’s very rewarding.
How did you come up this idea/technique?
Years of schooling, sampling and practice! I have been an artist my whole life, starting with a BFA in Creative Photography from the University of Florida, hence the former name Aperture Arts, llc. After being a photographer for about 10 years, I was searching for something… something more… Something outside the rectangle of the viewfinder, the printed picture and frame. I was literally searching for something outside the box when I ended up at a job with a textile company. This experience opened my eyes to the vast world of fabric. I fell in love with the textures, patterns and possibilities. On a whim, applied to grad school. I got into my dream school, the Savannah College of Art +Design to become a textile designer. It turned out to be the hardest thing I had ever done… but totally and completely worth it. I can now say I have a Masters Degree in Textile Design.
How long does it take to make each piece?
It takes on average about 4 hours to create a silk necklace and the wall art takes anywhere from 5 to 80 hours.
My process is as follows:
1. Purchase yards of fabric, cut, iron and sew edges
2. Secure fabric around objects with rubber bands. This step takes the longest depending on how many details and motifs are put in each piece.
3. Boil fabric pieces for 2 hours
4. Let dry for at least 24 but sometimes 36 is better
5. Take ALL the rubber bands out and remove the objects, sometime there are over 150 objects to remove!
6. Sew labels into each piece
7. Photograph each piece, edit and label each image
8. Upload photos onto website
Why is your work so expensive?
This question usually gets a little personal for me but here is the best way I can explain it.
First, it’s one-of-a-kind and made by hand. Not Mass Produced. Not by a machine. Not overseas. It’s made By ME For You.
Second, I’ve worked my whole life to create something really special. Over the last 20 years, I have earned 2 degrees in art, taken countless workshops and attended lectures to become the best artist I can be. I’ve made thousands of samples and hundreds of mistakes in order to create truly interesting, unique and extraordinary art.
Third, I use expensive silk. It takes 3 times as much fabric to create my pieces. For example, a 10 x 10 square takes as 30 x 30 piece of fabric.
Finally, it’s really not that expensive if you think about it.
Where can I see your work in person?
1. Book an appointment or Private party! I will come to you with a selection of inventory.
2. NSU's Art Museum, Museum gift shop, 1 East Las Olas Blvd
3. Coral Springs Museum of Art, Museum gift shop, 2855 Coral Springs Dr
4. Check my Events page for upcoming shows
Where can I buy your work?
Right here on this website! Be sure to click on each design to see all the colors available. Also, see the options above.
Can I order a custom piece of jewelry or wall art in a specific design and color?
Of Course you can! Simply select a design, size and color, be patience while the custom artwork is created, and receive your very own, one-of-a-kind silk work of art made specifically for you.
How long does it take to get a custom piece made?
Depending on fabric stocks and other orders, typically it take 2-3 weeks to create a custom order.
Why do some pieces look like they have "spots" on them?
Because I use metal objects in water, variations occur spontaneously. Each and every project is a different and exclusive creation. Each design has it’s own fascinating “fingerprint” that forms during the dye process. Nothing ever happens the same way twice. They cannot be predicted, controlled, or duplicated. These marks are what make each piece special and unique. Remember to enjoy an artist’s hand that created your one-of-kind piece of art.
How do I clean my new necklace?
Let me tell you a story, I wore a large white scarf to a Christmas party where pasta marinara was being served. Yup, you guessed it, I got red sauce on my white silk scarf! I took my cloth napkin, dipped it in my water and rubbed the stain out. I couldn’t believe it but it came right out! Should you get something on your piece, simply spot clean it with a clean towel.
So if you are anything like me, I would suggest you take it off while you eat. Good news: the scarf can be folded and put in a bag or purse for a short period of time while you’re eating. I would also suggest you take off during rain, doing anything where you would sweat, like dancing or out in the heat. If it does get wet, be sure to reform any of the dimension and let it rest loosely while it dries. Unfortunately you can’t dry clean these pieces because the dimension will come out.
It might sound like a lot to worry about but I wear these all the time and I’ve (knock on wood) never ruined a piece. Take the time to take care of it and it should last a very long time. You can always contact me with questions or advice on your purchase. Storage and care sheets are included with each purchase.
Wall Art simply needs to be dusted with a clean dry cloth or a can of air.
How do I store my new wearable work of art when I'm not wearing it?
The scarves should be hung loosely without being stretched or laid flat. Necklaces and bracelets should be laid flat with nothing on top of them. Dented bubbles and discs should be reshaped by simply squeezing them, stretching out then releasing back into shape, or poking a finger through from the other side before being stored. Shoeboxes or apparel boxes are ideal for storing. Heat and pressure affect this piece, be mindful of how it’s stored when not being worn. Do not store anything on top of this scarf or leave in a hot place, like a car. Storage and care sheets are included with each purchase.
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