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La Quinta Arts Festival Artist Spotlight: Heather Laurie

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Heather Laurie (Fiber) Denver, CO — Booth #303

New Artist

For new artist Heather Laurie, silk is her canvas. Utilizing a technique similar to water-color, she hand-dyes and details an array of unusual silks, exploring the interplay of color, texture and shape.

From her Artist Statement, “My inspiration is to bring beauty, artfulness and functionality to simple yet dynamic designs. Each one-of-a-kind garment and accessory is hand-cut and built to enhance and honor the relationship of this canvas and the feminine form.

Art by Heather Laurie

I explore the interplay and relationship of colors, textures and shapes in each one-of-a-kind reversible garment. I gather fine silk from around the world, including silk cloques, jacquards, dupionis, cut devores, and crepe de chines. The silk is stretched over large frames to create the canvas. I hand-draw and hand-dye the silk with French silk dyes, utilizing numerous brushes in a similar manner as watercolor technique on paper. I often layer colors and strokes to produce new shades and rich depth. Using a steam chamber, I set the dyes which renders the silk colorfast. The silk is then hand washed and ironed prior to being cut and sewn. Often I will mix the dyed fabrics (raw silk, jacquards, cut velvets) to create a multi-textured, lush and sophisticated work.

It is my hope that each person wearing my pieces will experience the joy of this process.”

Discover Heather’s distinctive silk garments and accessories in booth #303 at the 37th La Quinta Arts Festival, March 7-10, 2019. For information and tickets, click here