Installing the Indigo Wall

Past Future Textile Design

A selection of unique textiles from the Andrea Aranow Collection at Textile Hive inspired my students to create their own fabric patterns for an exhibit at the Steven Goldman Gallery at The Art Institute of Portland. Using techniques of shibori, indigo, silkpainting, discharge printing, cyanotypes, applique, stencil printing, natural and acid dyes, students created their original fabrics in layers of processes. This collaborative exhibit celebrated the launch of Textile Hive’s database and showed how the study of traditional textiles can inform and guide new designs.   Co-curated with Caleb Sayan at Textile Hive.

The collector, Andrea Aranow, came from New York for the opening reception. Videos of her explaining the collection augmented the exhibit.