Art spotlight: Dramatic tie-dye

  • Article by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 25, 2013 - 3:08 PM
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Elin Noble with her Vox Stellarum installation.

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Continuing: Of the myriad techniques for adding color and pattern to fabric, tie-dye is among the most familiar and maker-friendly. Its technical cousin is itajime, a method that uses clamps to block out areas of folded fabric so that they won’t be exposed to colorants. Elin Noble of New Bedford, Mass., is an internationally renowned master of the itajime technique, creating elaborate installations of shimmering, transparent silk organza. For a recent commission, Noble was inspired by the work of an 18th-century German theologian/artist. Her unusual response is a dramatic installation of organza panels and funnels marked with irregular stripes and geometric forms in midnight blue and black. (10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Aug. 31. Free. Textile Center, 3000 University Av. SE., Mpls. 612-436-0464 or www.textilecentermn.org)

 

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