Artist at work
I spent a good part of today with my friends Marion Manson and Jean Carbon - both talented textile artists. This coming weekend is the Raglan Arts Weekend, and Jean is preparing to sell her incredible Shibori and block dyed work to the visitors pouring into Raglan for the long weekend.
Today Marion and I were giving Jean a hand creating new flyers and planning a new website, so I snapped a few photos of her beyond-beautiful silk scarves. I am almost lost for words in describing how skillful Jean is at what she does. Shibori dying is difficult, mysterious and labour intensive and she is quite the magician in the way she folds, pleats, dyes, cajoles and caresses her work into being. Many years of study with traditional, wizened Shibori artists in remote villages have gone into learning her craft.
I believe good art engenders a physical and emotional response in people. Jean works exclusively in silks, creating scarves, clothing and artworks that are incredibly rich in colour and texture. My response to her work is physiological: a kind of cellular fizzing and popping, a widening of my eyes and an intense desire to scoop all that luscious colour into a pile, then lie down and roll around in the beauty that she has made.
The shots I took today were merely a hasty starting point, and in the flesh, I think Jean's work is even richer. I'll definitely be going back to photograph more of her work, and I have plans to write further about Jean here. Hopefully she'll let me have a roll around in the silk as a reward.