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August 3 – September 5, 2015


Natural Dye Showcase
Juried by Yoshiko I. Wada

Natural Dye Showcase


The Natural Dye Showcase is a national, juried exhibition highlighting excellence in contemporary use of natural dyes. The distinguished juror Yoshiko I. Wada chose 47 works by 35 fiber artists for their merit as works of art and for the artists’ skillful knowledge of the chemistry of natural dyes. The Main Gallery will be devoted to this exhibition, with an opening reception on Second Saturday, August 8, 5 pm to 8 pm, preceded by a gallery talk by Yoshiko I. Wada at 4 pm.

All the works selected use fibers treated with natural dyes – indigo is used in many pieces, along with two dozen other dyes derived from plant, mineral, and insect sources. The works have been realized with a range of fiber techniques, such as tapestry and other weaving methods, shibori, sashiko, basketry, and embroidery. The finished pieces include wearable art as well as wall hangings, sculptural pieces, and book art. There are 18 California artists represented, along with fiber artists from 13 other states, from New York to Florida to Hawaii.

Several of the artists included in the exhibition teach at the Mendocino Art Center (MAC), including Barbara Shapiro, Linda Hartshorn, and Merridee Smith. Both Hartshorn (Supernatural Surface Design, August 15-16) and Shapiro (A GREENER INDIGO – VAT DYED ITAJIME AND PAINTING ON CELLULOSE WITH NATURE'S PERFECT BLUE, August 22-23) will be teaching while the Natural Dye Showcase is on view.

Renee Gannon and Leila Kazimi are members of the Mendocino Quilt Artists, who had an exhibition at the MAC last year.

Yoshiko I. WadaJuror Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is also teaching (MEMORY ON CLOTH: DIALOG WITH MATERIAL, August 7-9, currently full – waiting list). She is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher, and film producer and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops, and participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fiber and textiles. She is president of the World Shibori Network and founder of Slow Fiber Studios.


Fiber Artists participating in the Natural Dye Showcase are:

Mary Alexander, Sharon Crary, Catharine Ellis, Suzy Farren, Donna Foley, Renee Gannon, Cassie Gibson, Laurin Guthrie, Linda Hartshorn, Rowan Haug, Leila Kazimi, Scharine Kirchoff, Matthew Kritis, Stephany Latham, Youngmin Lee, Susan Lenz, Connie Lippert, Sheri Levin McNerthney, Judy Newland, Barbara Nitzberg, Renee Owen, Ursula Partch, Teresa Paschke, Anni Redding, Liz Robb, Michael Rohde, Sandra Rude, Amanda Salm, Judy Saye-Willis, Elizabeth Serrano, Barbara Shapiro, Merridee Smith, Natalie Stopka, Leslie Sudock and Rachelle Weiss.


Natural Dye Showcase Award Winners

Michael Rohde, Natural Dye Showcase, Best of Show
Best of Show: Michael Rohde, "Boro"
Catherine Ellis, Natural Dye Showcase, 1st Place
1st Place: Catharine Ellis,
"Inside and Outside the Lines
Renee Owen, Natural Dye Showcase, 3rd Place
3rd Place: Renee Owen,
"On the Backs of Slaves: Coffee Arabica"
Suzy Farren, Natural Dye Showcase, 2nd Place
2nd Place: Suzy Farren, "Pizzicato"

Linda Hartshorn, Natural Dye Showcase, Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention:
Linda Hartshorn
"Dream of Guatemala"
Amanda Salm, Natural Dye Showcase, Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention:
Amanda Salm
Elizabeth Serrano, Natural Dye Showcase, Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention:
Elizabeth Serrano