About The Artist
Barbara Zaretsky • ASHEVILLE, NC
Fiber & Textiles • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I’ve always been fascinated with textiles and the influence they have on our culture. Inspired by the things around me, I'm moved to create art for everyday use. My work is influenced by the natural world. I strive to express the inner life or energy of an object and arrange elements to create a sense of space. This aesthetic is defined as much by what is left out as by what is included. Incorporating plant dyes, clamp-resist, block printing & hand stitching, I layer elements to create pattern.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I begin each piece with washing and mordanting fabric. This material is then dyed two to three times with plant dyes, incorporating a clamp-resist technique to create pattern. The fabric is then hand block printed or hand stitched to add another layer of surface design. The final product is finished with hand or machine stitching.