Meet Wendie Zekowski. Wendie’s hand dyed fabrics are her canvas for creative expression. She is inspired by abstract patterns that are representational of the natural world. She experiments with fabric through use of color, composition and embellishment. The composition of Wendie’s fiber art is understated and sophisticated, rich in color with embellishments as an accent; not the story.
Dyeing natural fabrics such as wool, silk and cotton let Wendie choose her color palette so the first step in the process of materials selection begins by experimenting with dye. She uses any number of painting and resistance techniques to create abstract shapes of color on the fabric. Once the fabric is dyed, she evaluates the pieces for composition and then moves forward. Wendie says she works backward since she doesn’t start with an outcome in mind; but evaluates the opportunities put forth by the dyeing process.
The story of the vintage pants. At one time this fabric was to become Candy’s pants. Yes, the progeny of a piece of fiber art is always interesting and this one has a unique tale. It was the 1950's in America when it was common for women to sew many of the outfits they wore; tailored clothing, not just aprons, handbags or carryalls. But lovely beautiful tailored pieces with big shoulders, narrow waists, pleats and big swing skirts. This fabric was was pinned and the cutting completed for a pair of women's trousers before life intervened and the project was put on hold.
For sixty years. Boxes stored, boxes emptied; households sorted and then as destiny knows its own way, the fabric finally came to Wendie. The granddaughter of the owner of the fabric thought Wendie would know what to do with this vintage cloth. Over the course of ten to twelve weeks, Wendie dyed each of the pattern pieces a little differently creating a group of fabrics that complemented one another. She trimmed the pieces into strips and fitted them into an abstract composition. The finishing embellishment is hundreds of French knots. Candy's pants!
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