Carmen Grier

Natural Dye Artwork

As a growing artist, my work is always changing.

My former work concentrated on using natural dyes. Working with natural dyes was a decision to be more ecological in my dyeing practice. I used prepared extracts and also grew plant materials, which I processed into dye.

I often employed the careful practice of stitch resist to create line and shape. This stitching process allowed me the stillness to meditate on the metaphorical aspects of the work. By manipulating fabric with natural dyes, shibori, screen-printing, drawing and piecing, I collaborated with the cloth to create one–of-a-kind contemporary textiles.

In May 2014, I was privileged to live and work in a pre-famine stone cottage for two weeks in a remote, secluded artist residency on the west coast of Ireland. Detached from the usual world of telephone and internet, I soaked myself in this exceptional, rugged natural environment of Cill Rialaig, recording my response to it with watercolor. Much of this work was deeply influenced by that experience.