Featured Artist Deb Menz
Color Blocks #4, 6‚ÄĚ x 8‚ÄĚ, Hand embroidery with dyed silk threads by Deb Menz
ÔŅľThe process of including several mediums to achieve her final results is important to her. She begins with taking photographs. The photographs are not used as is. They are edited on the
computer. From there, the image is either transferred or painted onto a piece of fabric. She has two approaches to her work ‚Äď she either embroiders by hand or uses a sewing machine and ‚Äúfree motion‚ÄĚ embroiders with that. Threads are painted or dyed when hand embroidering and colors chosen if machine embroidered. ÔŅľFree motion embroidery is a technique using
a sewing machine as the ‚Äúpaint brush‚ÄĚ. Fabric can be freely manipulated with her hands so threads create lines on her cloth. By stitching in several densely stitched layers, she can achieve great optical mixed colors, not unlike impressionist paintings. She uses ungessoed canvas as the fabric and sewing threads to stitch with.
Historically, she has worked in a realistic style, based on her photos, but she is now working on a new series/study that is abstract. Her art background is in teaching all about color theory and how to mix dyes to get any color you want.
She is applying her thoughts about color relationships and applying them to a
new body of work. The design element stays the same in all these pieces ‚Äď she is
only using 1‚ĀĄ4‚ÄĚ squares. Each piece explores a different idea about color or color relationships. All of the threads she uses are hand painted or dyed and are not all solid.
Deb graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has spent most of the last 30+ years traveling across the USA and Canada teaching workshops about using dyes, color theory and designing multi color hand spun yarns. She has written two books: ‚ÄúColor in Spinning‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúColor Works‚ÄĚ both published by Interweave Press.
She will have a solo show that will be hung at Steenbock Gallery this coming December. You can view more of Deb‚Äôs work at: www.debmenz.com
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