Paducah, my hometown, is truly an art community; we are fortunate to have the Paducah School of Art, and Design, about 20 studios in the LowerTown Art District, an Artist in Residence program, the National Quilt Museum, the Art Guild of Paducah and the Wastelanders Exhibiting Group. With a wealth of local artists, one can attend a local art show at least once a week. This past weekend was no exception. As part of the Oktoberfest to support Maiden Alley Cinema (theater for foreign, independent and documentary films,) local and regional artists lined the quaint cobblestone 2nd Street in Historic Paducah. I am excited to have discovered a textile artist showing in Paducah for the first time.Meet Teresa Stanton of ½ Street Studio in Southern Illinois (just across the river from Paducah.)
Teresa selectively salvages gently used clothing of natural fiber, mostly cotton, silk and linen. She uses the natural dyes of Prunus, Purple Leaf, Staghorn Sumac, Locust, Sassafras, Pecan, Black Walnut, Hickory, Mimosa, Sweet Gum, Willow, Maple and Cotimn to “echo print” leaves on the clothing. Her natural dye approach echoes the work of Australian artist, India Flint. The name of her clothing line is The Bard Owl Collection. Her work is stunning; the photos do not do justice.
Her work has been published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine and E Mag. In addition to The Bard Owl Collection, Teresa also is also a mixed media and Steam Punk jewelry artist. Connect with her on Facebook to see her amazing wearable art.
I am certain a road trip to visit her shop will happen in the near future!