Artistic and Technique Statements
Artistic StatementTextile Art is a combination of color, line and texture that appeals to the senses as no other medium can. In our increasingly busy and complex lives, the easiest thing to lose is the sense of relaxation, safety and tactile reassurance found only in taking the time to surround ourselves with things we enjoy touching.
Textiles return us to the days of knitting, tablecloths, snuggling beneath blankets. They provide an immediate response and continue to reveal themselves over time. As our surroundings become increasingly automated and computerized, soft Textile Art, with its combination of surface texture and good design, can provide us with the response to the familiar we seek in our hard-edged lives.
TechniqueThe process of building any fiber construction is intertwined with craftsmanship in an essential way. No work of modern Textile Art can stand apart from the fundamentals of good construction and precision in technique. I keep my base designs simple, apply my experience as a garment maker and quilter, then use the materials to their best advantage enhancing their strengths. Only then can I consider deviating from the expected and reach for the unique results and shapes which are my goal.
Mixed media applications, dye painting and heliotropic fabric resins, texturing technique and a combination of natural fibers and space age materials are mingled to develop the layers of color, shape and line I want. Although I constantly note design ideas and influences in a "creative journal", my work is often done on an eight foot design wall, letting each piece build itself rather than working from drawings and sketches. Every one is constructed full size; the materials influence the design until it is complete.
Copyright © 1996 Robert & Cozy Bendesky.
All Rights Reserved.
24 Oct 1996