Joan Morris, Master Dyer: Individual and collaborative Work
Monday, March 6, 2006 to Friday, March 31, 2006
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery will showcase the artwork of Joan Morris. The exhibit, Joan Morris, Master Dyer: Individual and Collaborative Work, will be on display March 6th through March 31st
There are three dimensions to the exhibit. The first features seven pieces of Joan Morris’ individual work. Morris uses resist dyeing and printing on silk, wool, and rayon to create beautiful shibori textiles. Shibori is an ancient textile process, which results in patterns that serve as visual and textural evidence of the shaping process of pleating, stitching, tying, or folding cloth before dying. One fabric uses burnout while another uses 23 karat gold. The second features four pieces of collaborative work done with Michèle Ratté, using a method that the two developed for adhering precious metal coating to surfaces of textile materials in a durable and permanent way. These shimmering textiles were recently featured in the Surface Design Journal. The third showcases five costumes Morris has designed for theatrical productions, including “One Flea Spare”, “Medea”, and “Arcadia” which are on loan from the collection of the theatre department of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.
In addition to her independent studio work, Joan Morris is master-dyer for the theatre department at Dartmouth. Her work merges painting, printing, erasing, gilding and shaped-resist dyeing. Her textiles have been exhibited in many forums nationally and internationally. She teaches shibori workshops nationally and internationally to both adults and children. In 1997 she designed the textiles for a scene in Julie Taymor's "The Lion King". Since then she has fabricated the textiles for its international and road productions.
Joan Morris & Michelle Ratte. Net I, 2004. 23 karat gold monoprint on shaped-resist dyed silk substrate, 30" x 50"
One Flea Spare by Naomi Walls, produced at Dartmouth College in 2000.