Festival of Fabrics: Color from the Earth
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Wax and Wane Fiber and the Rawlings Conservatory present Festival of Fabrics: Color from the Earth. The exhibition showcases naturally dyed fabrics created during a series of free public workshops. The exhibition runs from October 3-11, 2015 at the Rawlings Conservatory located in Druid Hill Park. The Conservatory is open Wednesday-Sunday, and there will be an opening reception on Friday, October 2, from 5-7 pm. Artists Claire Fredrick and Ashton Page of Wax and Wane Fiber have collaborated with curator Gloria Azucena to produce the workshop series and culminating exhibition. The pieces on display were created by a community-focused process, in which people of all backgrounds explored, learned, and created together. The workshops were presented at the Druid Hill Farmers Market, which draws a diverse and vibrant group of people. Over 70 members of the community participated in creating collaborative tapestries using the natural dyes and fiber techniques. In the exhibition, the tapestries will be displayed along with the history and use of each dye and technique. Featured are natural dyes -- indigo, logwood, sappanwood, cochineal, and tea leaves -- and various techniques -- shibori, batik, ombre toning, painting, and eco-printing. The fabrics will be transformed by the natural backlighting through the Conservatory windows. The vibrant colors correlate with the plants and flowers in the botanical rooms of the Conservatory: Tropical House, Mediterranean House, Orchid Room, Palm House, and Desert Room. The audience is invited to learn about the techniques used in artworks and the uses of each plant.