“Creative Coloring:" Sustainable Dyes and Natural Fibers Lecture
- Jun 10, 2017
The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College will present a talk by fiber artist Rebecca Harrison at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College. Admission is free and open to the public.
This event is made possible by generous support provided by the Westmoreland County Local Arts Grant Program.
Harrison will discuss her own artwork, which documents the relationships between land, people and culture and features working class symbolism. She will also explain and explore the history of sustainable textiles and dyes.
She will discuss her methods to find and prepare sustainable materials and discuss the impact they have on the environment. She also will show how these natural materials can be incorporated into artwork. Harrison will give an overview of how to create dyes from plants within a person’s own natural spaces using examples from her own work. Lecture attendees will receive a list of local plants and vegetables that can be used for dyes.
Harrison grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania, studied fiber arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design and in Lacoste, France, and is the designer and owner of Goldenrod Fiber Co. She has led textile and dye workshops for children and adults at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory and the Steel City Fiber Collective. She works with hands-on fiber processes, including natural dyeing, embroidery, screen printing and knitting and feels that natural, bio-degradable fibers, when ethically sourced, are the best to use in both quality and principle.
Harrison believes in creating spaces that foster community. “A handmade object or a piece of art is an expression of an experience, creating meaning for both the maker and the community,” she commented. “My work is a collection of functional artifacts that document relationships – relationships between land, people and culture, vintage and new, natural and human-made.”