Fabric... Beyond the pattern
Fabric has fascinated me ever since I was able to hold scissors.
This fascination for fiber took on international dimensions when I participated in a student
exchange program in Guatemala, Peace Corps service in the Chilean Andes, and cultural study
grants in Pakistan, Bolivia, and Guatemala. I was impressed by the native women artisans in
these areas dyeing, weaving and embroidering complex and exotic
Textile collage incorporating
fragments of cloth from every possible source, particularly from ethnic fabrics,
characterizes my wearable creations. The intricate and beautiful fiber work of peoples
from all over our planet – embroidery of the Miao and Dong People of Southwest China and
Tribal Areas of the Middle East, Shibori of Japan, India and China, weaving of the Maya and
Andean regions, and batik from many areas – inspire me to design my own clothing to honor the
works of these passionate and talented artisans.
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Textiles and jewelry seem go together,
like love to marriage.
When a home
robbery resulted in the loss of almost all my tribal jewelry, great changes took place. First
of all, through incredible detective work and much sleuthing, I found a great part of the
collection, except the robbery had cut everything into
(above) -- It's an amazing dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist
dyeing process similar to tie-dye either on the warp or weft fibres.
have had to learn how to reassemble these treasures. Quite frankly, it’s been much fun. What I
really enjoy is trying to imagine where all these pieces have been in the several hundred years of
their existence. Who have they known and where have they traveled?
see a few of these reconstructed necklaces from all parts of our globe. Yemen, Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, India, Egypt, Venice, Afghanistan.
Questions? Contact Nomad Sally today!