October 18th- November 20th
Beaufort, SC- The University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts Gallery will be exhibiting “Icons of the Lowcountry” by Barbara James from October 18th – November 20th. James describes the inspiration for her fiber art as, “inspired by the lush and exotic landscapes of my home on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. The tide, moon, marshes grass, and black-water rivers wrap around you like the soft silk of my art.”
The public is welcome to attend an opening reception in celebration of “Icons of the Lowcountry” on Tuesday, October 18th from 5:30-7:00pm in the CFA at USCB’s Historic Beaufort Campus. This event is free of charge. For more information, please call 521-4145.
Fabric is endlessly fascinating. It excites our senses as it moves and pushes the artist, and the collector, to fully embrace the sight, sound, touch and even smell of the cloth; it is not passive.
Intuitive dyeing and printing guide me through the layers of multiple colors and design to create each work. It starts when yards of pure white silk, arrive at the studio. I custom mix colors to create dye baths. Clamp, stitch or fold the fabric to create a resist and immerse the cloth, multiple times, in the different baths to create depth and mystery. Then using any combinations of personally designed silk screens, rubber stamps, stencils, brushes, paint rollers – or found objects like bubble wrap, pine bark, tires or grids – I press, paint or roll color onto the fabric adding multiple patterns of interest. The result is a vivid original piece of art that combines both representational and abstract imagery.
My exhibit, Icons of the Lowcountry, is inspired by the lush and exotic landscapes of my home on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. The tide, moon, marshes grass, and black-water rivers wrap around you like the soft silk of my art.
Center for the Arts Director