Exhibition @ The Boarding House Halesworth.
1st August – 1st October 10 Market Place, Halesworth
Earth bound or skyward.
Self & Self
(Diane Self and Ian Self from foliar)
A blatant celebration of four years’ intense experimentation with natural dyes. Many techniques are employed imparting colour to fabric and fibre, from simple steeping to intricate steam bundling. Outcomes can never be predicted and the magic from the dye pot is often breathtakingly beautiful. Fluctuations in method as slight as water temperatures or bundle tensions can produce wildly differing marks, unique to that one dye pass. Pieces created are completely of the moment and in many cases using dyestuff pulled directly from the local landscape, with certain dye fodder only available in small quantities for limited timescales.
Colours and textures revealed have a distinctly earthy quality, a slice of a precious rock, thundering water or a maelstrom in the air.
The work is human hand and nature combined, a conversation around colour, texture, marks and stains. Supporting the textile work are sculptural hypertufa pieces – organically textured upward flowing formations. Casts taken directly from nature, featuring ridges and rivers of growth.