IBILE! Ancestral Call in Cloth

July 5, 2018 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

A residency with Arianne King Comer

Fee: Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden. Our intent is to make this opportunity available to everyone, and we will waive admission upon request.

Textile artist Arianne King Comer is interested in the cultural traditions of the African Diaspora, and much of her research focuses on indigo cultivation and dyeing. Comer travels with wax pans, imprinting stamps from the countries that practice batik, a collection of dyes--including indigo--for cotton and silk, and examples of textiles from her collection.

For IBILE! Ancestral Call in Cloth, a continuation of the residency we piloted last summer, Comer will set up a month-long, all-ages, drop-in indigo-dyeing studio, inviting groups and individuals to join her at the dyeing vat as she relates the history of indigo and teaches different resist-dyeing methods, particularly traditional batik, adire (Yoruba), and shibori (Japanese) techniques of designing on cloth. Working with community members, she will design adornments for Citizen’s expanded cast, as well as cloth banners that will be installed in proximity to Eliza’s cabinet and Lizzie’s garden. She will continue the community project we launched last summer to memorialize Lizzie’s Garden by creating a cloth cookbook using resist dye techniques that collects local recipes for the vegetables growing in the garden.

Comer’s residency will be preceded by an exhibition of her cloth-based work (paintings, clothing, design) in Lynden’s gallery. Once she arrives, we will turn the gallery into another Lynden lab space, displaying work made by Comer and the community throughout the residency. This exhibition, which has the potential to change daily during the residency, will remain on view in its final form through August 19.

Open Studio Schedule 2018

Thursday, July 5, 1-5 pm
Friday, July 6, 10 am-12 pm
Sunday, July 8, 2:30- 5 pm (following a drop-in family workshop)
Monday, July 9, 12-5 pm
Wednesday, July 11, 10 am-12 pm
Sunday, July 22, 10 am-4 pm: Family Free Day
Monday, July 23, 12-5 pm
Wednesday, July 25, 1-7:30 pm


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