Boston-based Amy Nguyen has been working with textiles for over 20 years. Her talent and experience show through in the gorgeous patterns and textures she creates out of silk. Here are two of my favortie pieces.
The metallic organza shibori neck adornment (below) is just incredible with its scalloped shaped patterns. It's shown with a silk organza shibori sheer coat with metallic filament stitching. All the work is done by hand.
The purple silk organza shibori kimono and obi (below) are hand-dyed.
Nguyen is inspired by tradtional Japanese textile design (Shibori). Here's how she puts it: "The art of shibori has been my focus - force and resist - an art form that embraces both planned manipulation and an unkown nature. Drawing upon the rich heritage of this handmade artistry, I find peace within a craft perfected by Japanese kimono artisans."
The beige and white silk chiffon shibori circle scarf (below) is hand stitched and edged. The colors are hand-dyed.
This lovely silk organza shibori with an asymmetrical vest (below) is pieced together and hand-dyed.
These pieces look so comfortable and artistic at the same time. I love their geometric patterns and colors and their soft, sheer, informal elegance.
You can see more of Nguyen's work in person this summer at the Shaw Cramer Gallery in Martha's Vineyard (through September 5, 2011) and at the American Craft Council Show in San Francisco from August 12-14, 2011. Or, online at Amy Nguyen.