I have been wandering through the field of Textiles for well over 40 years…I started tie dyeing at age 14 in 1967 with Rit dye, cotton muslin and Rubber bands….. I went on to learn weaving, silk screen printing, ceramics, and silver smithing during my high school years, and have continued most of these activities in one form or another for the next 40 years.
In 1990 my husband and I moved to Hawaii for 10 years and there I learned Traditional Japanese Shibori techniques and Indigo dyeing from “Temari” a center for Asian Arts in Honolulu. I was also gifted with a job at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum of Culture and Natural History in Honolulu in the field of Art Conservation.
In 2000 we moved to Northern California and in 2003, I began an on going Textile Collaboration with Bay Area Fashion Designer Catherine Bacon. This collaboration proved to be a pivotal turning point for my work with textiles. The Challenge of coming up with something new and fabulous every four to six months plus the challenge of being able to reproduce my ideas multiple times helped me to grow in ways I never could have imagined…..
In the Spring of 2016 I moved with my husband of 40 years to the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana. I have spent the last 2 years cocooned on my “little cabin in the woods” ranch, re-imagining, re-creating and re-inventing “what comes next” on this incredible Textillian Nomad Journey…..
When Melissa Arnold and I met fifteen years ago, we began a collaboration that has now spanned many years. Not only was I introduced to her already remarkable skills and creativity, I saw that she was always willing to experiment, to push her boundaries, in an effort to develop her knowledge and repertoire. This is the behavior of a true artist. Her uniquely beautiful work alway brings me endless inspiration when developing my collections.
Not only is it a joy to artistically collaborate with Melissa, she has also become a loving friend who is a cherished gift in my life.
~Catherine Bacon – Clothing Designer