Guest Artist Event, this Sat. 8/6 – Cameron Anne Mason does “low tech” dyeing demo, 11am – 3pm

Shibori - stitching before dyeing...

Shibori - stitching before dyeing...

I’m so excited, a messy, hands-dirty guest artist event will bubble over in The Project Room this Saturday with dyeing genius Cameron Anne Mason. Life seems just as messy and bubbling over with intense and sometimes difficult emotions, the chaos and uncontrollable forces of water, dye and hands creating the unexpected into pattern is a welcome reminder that things out of our control are not always to be feared!

I first met Cameron while I was working on Mater Matrix Mother and Medium in 2009, sitting in the middle of Greenwood Ave, during a street fair.  She came up to me with a little bag of blue scraps and a lot of encouragement for that brand new community project that had me a little overwhelmed.  From time to time, she has given me her fabric scraps, the edges of larger dyed panels she has made to create her sculptures.  Perhaps because they were tiny and so deeply varied with layers of what looked like splashes of volcanic lava, they were precious to me…I crocheted them into installations in places that I would remember.

While I have dyed fabric before, I have never explored the possibilities of creating patterns.  And with Solstenen, with no material budget at all, taking all the old white fabric I have and turning it into something intensely layered is very appealing, especially with my sense of a volcanic fluidity I get from Cameron’s patterns, and my fascination with the volcanic activity just below the surface of Iceland….I somehow make a connection.   I want to know how she does this stuff.  So she has generously given me a Saturday to watch her do some of these techniques, which happen to have a very “low tech”, jury-rigged, use-what-you-have approach (which I love!), and YOU and anyone who would like to watch her with me are invited to come!  Please join us this Saturday August 6th, 2011, from 11am – 3pm.  All the materials will be here, just come with your curiosity!

“Fiber Dyeing Demo: Low Tech Methods for Low Water Immersion Dyeing

Cameron Anne Mason will work in The Project Room with Mandy Greer to show methods to use fiber-reactive dyes to create color and texture on fabric. These simple techniques are easy enough to use in the home studio but are endlessly variable. Basic dye chemistry and shibori techniques including binding, pleating, and wrapping will be covered.”

Cameron will also be back to talk about her work and process…..

“August 11th, Thursday, Solstenen Guest Artist Event and Community Crochet, 5 – 8pm; drop in during Blitz Capital Hill Arts Walk for crocheting, and at 6pm join artist Cameron Anne Mason for a follow-up talk after her demo on the how and why she creates pattern in fabric