Kristy Bishop is an artist living and working in Charleston, SC. She primarily works in textiles and creates relief sculpture by handweaving, sewing, and dyeing fiber. The types of dyes that she prefers to use are gathered locally or while traveling. Her primary sources include roadside growth, gardens, and grocery stores. This supplies Bishop with onion and avocado skins, eucalyptus, coreopsis, wild fennel, walnut hulls, marigold, annatto seeds and more. Bishop also finds it hard to resist using unusual yarn such as metallic and paper yarns. She mixes these with natural dyed fibers to contrast the synthetic with the organic.
In the fall of 2015, Bishop participated in a three month residency at 701 CCA. During her time there she created work to be shown the following year in a solo exhibiton. She was the 2012-2013 North Charleston Artist in Resident, a recent recipient of the Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship at Arrowmont School of Crafts, co-recipient of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant, and received the Best in Show award at the 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Bishop teaches multiple textile techniques in partnership with the Charleston Museum, The Gibbes Museum of Art, Engaging Creative Minds, and Enough Pie. Currently she is partnering with Enough Pie, a nonprofit organization in Charleston’s neck area, and teaching workshops at the Vat Shack, an indigo dye studio.
Camela Guevara is an artist and seamstress in Charleston, SC. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston. Her work in cloth employs sewing techniques and references the garment industry using both spare and meticulous imagery. She enjoys sewing tiny beads, as well as weaving and draws inspiration from figure skating costumes, gaudy fashions and utilitarian textiles.
Originally from Barcelona, Judit Just learned from an early age that beautiful, detailed work can be achieved with very little material. Her knowledge and interest in fiber stemmed from watching her mother sew and craft. Her formal training began while studying fashion design. While in school, Just realized her passion for fiber went beyond the conceptual stage of design. She left school, after nearly three years, to explore the manual side of textile arts. Since then, she has mastered textile techniques, learning dyes, fabrics, applications, embroidery, weaving, techniques old and new, natural and chemical, with big projects and small works. Just now calls Asheville, NC home, and has set up her studio in the green energy house she shares with spouse Samuel Clemons.
Natural Dye and Weaving Workshop on September 3 & 4
Kristy Bishop will lead workshop participants through the exciting world of natural dyes and weaving. All around us, there are plants that may seem ordinary, but with some knowledge they can yield the richest and most beautiful colors. Whether its onion skins or annatto seeds from the local grocer, goldenrod picked from a roadside, or a more exotic dye such as indigo and cochineal that have been cultivated and traded worldwide, students will learn how to extract color that is lightfast, permanent, and brilliant.
As long as humans have been using plants to dye we have been weaving those fibers into clothing, tapestries and functional goods. Students will learn several tapestry weaving techniques such as hatching, supplemental weft, Rya knots and more on table top looms.
Saturday will focus on dyeing experiments and communal yarn and Sunday will be a full class of weaving instruction. Each student is provided with a loom, one warp, weaving fiber, and a tapestry needle, and netting shuttle.
The workshop is $195 and includes all materials and loom. Purchase through The Southern’s online shop at http://goo.gl/ZF65T7.