Vandaag wordt de log geschreven door Ankie King uit Australië. De expositie The lady dyes the blues zal door het land reizen en onderdak vinden in verschillende galeries.
I have always made things right from when i was little and than once married of course making clothes for all the kids and than about thirty years ago i started making patchwork quilts, when all the kids left home both my husband [who is a painter and sculptor] went to University art school and i did a bachelor of fine arts degree majoring in textiles and that opened up a new world. I started to be able to loosen up and my work became more conceptual .
I have exhibited in group exhibitions but this time, i wanted to do something special for my 65 birthday and decided that a sole exhibition would be the way to celebrate so about september last year i started by dyeing a lot of fabric using indigo dye a variety of different patterns and lots of plain fabric, from light blue to very dark.
And then set about making the pieces a few where inspired by my memory of delft blue tiles others where inspired by researching japanese customs, like the fish [in japan the celebrate boys day in april -may and the fly carp looking winsocks for each boy in the family the eldest boy the biggest and the jongest the smallest], the large kimono is made by knotting strips of fabric through gutter guard [a plastic mesh that you put in the goot to keep the leaves out] once you get started the ideas flow one thought triggers of another so it took about 10 months to make it all lots of handstitching and dyeing pulling stitching out and making something, it was a great challenge and thats what you need .
The exhibition is set to travel to other galleries and i also give workshops in conjunction with the exhibition, as i like to make more people aware of indigo dye you know the stuff that dyes your jeans [lots of people dont know that] and what you can do with it.