Monday, October 11, 2010

Featured Artist: Kachina Martin

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: Kachina Martin from Adamstown, PA.

About the piece: "The stretched yardage is the result of various experiments with dyeing and discharging, allowing colors to blend and fade, creating a visual texture that transcends pattern. All three pieces were subjected to the same process and dyes, yet each was bound differently; the minor variations in binding, dyeing times, and discharging created three distinct but visually coherent pieces. I have chosen to display the three pieces as part of a larger whole to illustrate the responsiveness of the process to even the most subtle changes.

Much of my work is wearable, and the pieces on display in the boutique also utilize shibori, as well as pieces of vintage fabric. I feel strongly that the wearability of my work enhances its depth and beauty. That the work will be worn is significant, indeed essential, to its artistic value. It is when the work is worn—when the wearer imbues it with her own sense of style and integrates it into her daily life—that the work truly comes to life."

Artist Statement/Biography:

Kachina Martin is an educator and fiber artist based in Adamstown, PA - which, as a nearby billboard famously attests, is "known for antiques and hats." She is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, which recently awarded her state juried status. Her work is carried in several boutiques and has been featured in a number of juried shows.

She earned a B.A. in English and French with an Art History minor at Albright College; she received her Master's in Art History from Temple University. Kachina has also studied fiber arts at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, the University of the Arts, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and Cannon Hill Studios.

In addition to her work as a public educator, Kachina has also lectured at St. Francis University, Albright College, La Salle University, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and Temple University.

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