Laura Hunter


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Distinctive, simple, wearable shapes accented with shibori-dyed patterning are the focus of my work. Fabric type suggests a dying process and, in turn, that suggests the style and construction of the piece. Minimizing fabric waste and use of eco-friendly dyes are integral to the creation of my styles. I began sewing in grade school and in 1991 earned a BFA in Fiber Art from the University of Washington. I am primarily self-taught in the techniques of shibori, garment design and construction. Creating shibori has been my livelihood for over 25 years.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: Beginning with white natural fiber cloth, I create color and pattern using one or more forms of the Japanese bound resist technique called shibori. Scarves are dyed multiple times using itajime (fold and clamp resist) for bold patterning, and arashi shibori (pole wrapping) for patterning and texture. Garments are pieced together or dyed such that one continuous piece of fabric is used. Each garment is designed, dyed, cut, and sewn individually by me.

    A: Cloth invites touch: the elegance of silk crepe, the coziness of wool knit. Wearing cloth creates intimate involvement with the material. I love dyeing rich, layered colors and patterns. Through binding, folding, and dyeing, shibori allows me to do that while realizing order onto cloth and allowing for spontaneity and surprise at the outcome.

    A: My love of gardening, geometry, geology, mystery books, and astronomy all play an underlying role in my clothing designs.

    A: I love mysteries. I loved geology in school, figuring out what layers came first, solving the mystery! Practicing shibori connects me abstractly to that and to nature as a whole. Repeating the processes in shibori mirrors erosion and sedimentation in ways that suggest evidence of process - something is added up, taken away, covered up. I am fascinated by subtle marks suggesting something else has been there. .

    A: I grew up in Idaho during the 1970’s and 80’s with a great desire for things outside of the narrow American vernacular but without much access. After graduating in Fiber Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle, I worked for a woman, Melinda Phillips, who was starting her own clothing line. She had a small, Japanese-style home and studio on Bainbridge Island, WA. Once a week or so I would journey via ferry to her house and dye fabric in this wonderful environment. The life and space she created inspires me to this day.

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