During the eight weeks of 'simply irRESISTible' we'll focus on individual artists here on our blog. Every week, three artists will be featured. Today, we're pleased to introduce to you: Nicole Castelli from Chestertown, MD.
About the Piece: The piece for this show is batik on cotton, inspired by the leaf shapes of the kale plant. Removing the realist color scheme seen in nature and using a free-hand in applying the wax allowed for creative license into color theory and layering dyes.
Artist Statement/Biography: Nicole Castelli is a recent graduate of Cornell University (’10), with a degree in Fiber Science & Apparel Design. She has always loved anything and everything involving color, design, shapes, textiles, textures… you name it. Through coursework in college as well as individual pursuits, she has developed a deep love for colors and prints, in both clothing and textile design. Since graduation, Nicole has been looking for apparel/textile/graphic design work, both free-lance and full-time, in the greater Philadelphia area. A course in surface design of textiles expanded her knowledge of and introduced her to many techniques, including shibori, block and screen printing, silk painting, batik, and embroidery.