Phone: (530) 305-5987
Medium: Botanical Dye, Felt Art, Fiber Art, Painting, Silk, Textile, and Wearable Art
“I love fiber arts – the history, beauty, tactile quality, variety, and the common thread that links my hands to those of so many in the past! I was trained as a chemist, but I am also enthralled with fiber and plants. These combined interests have resulted in my second career in fiber arts: silk painting, botanical printing and feltmaking. My work with botanical printing allows me to walk outside to collect leaves, bark, roots, and flowers, process them on my textiles, and obtain lovely prints. I literally bring the outdoors inside. It is so satisfying to use the natural materials around us (and a little chemistry) to create beautiful cloth! As a feltmaker, I am thrilled with the tactile quality of the wool and other fibers, and love that felt making is an ancient and very usable medium. My work – paintings, botanical prints and felted pieces – are inspired by the beauty just outside my door in the Sierra Nevada foothills.”
Merridee has studied silk painting, rozome, batik, botanical printing and felt making from artists as far away as Japan, Indonesia, Israel and Germany. Her work has been shown in galleries in Northern California, the East Coast and Kauai. She was thrilled to have had her silk paintings displayed twice in shows sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. Examples of her work can be seen in Susan Louise Moyer’s book, Silk Painting for Fine Art and Fashion. She was honored to to have been designated a Master Silk Painter by her peers in Silk Painters International.
Galleries & Affiliations: Auburn Old Town Gallery
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