Flora and Fauna Potomac Fiber Arts
May 23 - June 25
Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery announces the opening of the juried show Flora and Fauna on May 23, 2017. The show will close on June 25.
For this show, our artists look for inspiration from the living world of plants and animals: extant or extinct, real or imagined, from the microscopic to the charismatic megaflora and megafauna.
This show will also highlight the work of artists Jeanne Bohlen and Floris Flam. Jeanne Bohlen has a passion for the fiber arts, with ecoprinting, knitting, tapestry weaving, dyeing, and spinning being her current areas of interest. Her favorite part of ecoprinting is the sense of discovery that accompanies unwrapping the bundle and seeing the shapes and colors that have been imprinted on the cloth. When weaving, knitting, and dyeing it is color that she find most exciting, and when spinning, it is the feel of the fiber as it moves through her hands.
Floris Flam has sewn since childhood. She has been a quilter for 30 years and a dyer for 15. Her wall hangings are inspired by the geometry of the world around her. Her work is abstract but often suggests architecture, influenced both by her having grown up in New York City and by her travels. She loves color, visual texture, and spatial ambiguity. She works intuitively and interactively, generally starting from a palette of colors rather than from a sketch. Her piece are machine quilted using a wide range of thread colors to add texture, reinforce the composition, and provide a further layer of interest.