Rivendell – Rachelle A Weiss

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

1001 Center Street

Santa Cruz

Two different types of textile work, each with a focus on stitching, will be included in my First Friday exhibit at Rivendell.

Stitching and mark making:

My miniature compositions draw on shared elements of disparate materials (hand-dyed textiles, beads, kumihimo braids) to provide a backdrop for a focal element — frequently a cabochon set in a seed bead bezel. The natural beauty (pattern and color) inherent in each cabochon provides the inspiration for the composition. Stitching creates line to connect the elements; beads provide embellishment; the cabochon, set in its seed bead bezel, becomes a removable pin/brooch.

Stitching and dyeing:

I combine stitching and/or folding/clamping resists with natural dyes to create one-of-a-kind silk scarves and wraps. Working with natural dyes is similar to watercolor painting — color is built by sequential dyebaths, with the background color representing the sum color product of all dyebaths. In each dyebath, different areas of the textile are protected by resists to preserve the color within the resisted area and create contrast between areas.

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