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Artist Explores Indigenous Dyeing Techniques In New Works
Ancient Process: New Perspectives
Opens at Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes National Park
April 26, 2010 Point Reyes , CA Elisabeth Setten will be showing her new works on paper in a show entitled: Ancient Process: New Perspectives, at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes Station, CA May 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010. The Bear Valley Visitor Center is located at 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956. This event is free and open to the public weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekends and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information and directions contact: 415/464-5100 or see: http://www.nps.gov/PORE/index.htm and http://www.elisabethsetten.com.
During a six week visit in early 2010, Setten was introduced to traditional Zapotec dyeing techniques by weavers in the ancient community of Teotitlan del Valle, a small mountain village on the outskirts of Oaxaca, MX, that is world renowned for the production of colorful weavings or laadi.
Weavers in Teotitlan del Valle have relied on natural materials such as marigold, indigo, cochinilla, and tree moss to create their art for more than 2500 years. Setten’s ongoing fascination with process, color, and the natural world was piqued by their use of mordants such as lime, alum, and cal mixed into the dyes of wild flowers, roots and insects to trigger a chemical reaction that alters the hue and value of the dye color. Because water is the basis for these dyes, silver leaf is included on these paintings to underscore the area’s ongoing struggle with heavy mining interests and the subsequent contamination of local water supplies. Further investigation reveals that the majority of local weavers currently use chemical dyes rather than the more expensive, process intensive natural dyes furthering the damage to the water supply.
Setten used her small camper as a laboratory/studio for boiling, mashing, dipping, dripping, and layering these color experiments. The resulting paintings on paper are titled after the women who welcomed her into their community, explained the modern dilemmas with traditional dyeing techniques, and taught her their age old craft.