Jewish Community Center, Louisville, Kentucky
February 21-March 29, 2016
Opening reception, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2-4pm
This exhibition features recent naturally dyed ikat weavings by Wendy Weiss and accompanying photographs of ikat artisans at work in India and historic looms and factory buildings in Łodź, Poland by Jay Kreimer. The exhibition also highlights five silk weavings by artisans in a rural community in the Surendranagar District of Gujarat, where Weiss worked as a Fulbright Nehru senior research scholar from October 2014 to July 2015, training the weavers in digital design. Ikat is a method of dyeing warp and/or weft yarns, using binding of selected areas of the threads to resist dye the yarns in a patterned way, prior to placing them on the loom to weave. Ms. Weiss has been developing a method to create pattern in ikat using the traditional Gujarati system for preparing the warp yarn.
- “Resist” weaving in progress, natural dye (madder, weld, iron), warp ikat.
In August of 2014 she taught an ikat workshop at the Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts Łodź, Poland which inspired a group of weavings about the “Litzmannstadt Getto,” in Łodź. One of these weavings will be exhibited at the 15th International Triennale of Textiles in Łodź in 2016.
Black Stripes. 2015.
Developing new designs using ProWeave software to generate the renderings.
A team of designers in the Clothing and Textiles Department at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda created a collection of shibori garments following a workshop introducing them to the techniques of stitched and bound resist. Remarkably, after a brief introduction to the possible ways of using basic techniques the designers created a collection they premiered at the CREATIONS 2015 fashion show, April 2015, in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Wendy Weiss introduced the group to shibori and Ankita Patadiya provided the natural dye session in the department, using indigo, sappanwood and ferrous acetate dyes. Wendy was a guest faculty member from October 2014-July 2015 while working in Gujarat on a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar Award. Dr. Anjali Karolia is chair of the department and guided the team in their garment designs while Wendy worked with them on the resist concepts.
Mrs. Jenifer Homi models her original design in stitched and bound resist, creating rings like an ancient tree.
Mrs. Amrita Doshi designed a sarong and scarf to adorn the adventurous man.
Flowing wood grain drapes around the figure by Ankita Patadiya.
Bound resist disks top this flowing wood grain cover up by Ankita Patadiya.
Mrs. Sukriti Patel used stitched and bound resist to shape the figure in this draped garment.
Mrs. Sukriti Patel’s garment flows and moves on the runway, revealing the stitched shapes.
Mrs. Rinku Agrawal plays with circles, squares, and triangles on this indigo wrap.
Combining multiple forms of stitch resist, Dr. Reena Bhatia created a garment in shades of indigo blue that shift as the model turns.
Stitched circles float across the front of Dr. Reena Bhatia’s garment in deep shades of indigo.
The back detail of Mrs. Jenifer Homi’s suggests coral shifting in the sea.
Miss Arpita Desai created bands of woodgrain that fall across the body, while bound resist circles and stitched lines shift with the flow of the moving figure..
A group of international students convened at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland to participate in “Resist!,” a two week intensive course on designing and dyeing cotton warps with red and yellow plant based dyes. Participants from Poland joined with other textile artists from England, Iceland, Ireland, and Spain. The academy is home to an extensive and well respected textile art, design and fashion program. Students wove on looms from historic mills that populated the city since the 19th century.