Weatherford Democrat

March 21, 2013

Doss exhibit shows fiber is good for your art

Local center hosting artist’s ‘Sculpted Stitches’ exhibit beginning on Friday


Weatherford Democrat

— By BRIAN SMITH

An Abilene artist will have her exhibit highlighted during a reception Friday at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.

Katrina Wright will be in town to talk about her fiber art exhibit, “Sculpted Stitches,” during a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the center, 1400 Texas Drive in Weatherford.

The 20-piece exhibit, which will be in town through May 12, was all done out of Wright’s home, according to center curator Amanda Rush.

What makes the art truly interesting and unique is that it’s all done with hand-dyed fabric, yarn and beading. Wright also has quotes on each piece of art on her inspiration for the work.

“Her work and detail up close is just fascinating,” Rush said. “You can really see the craftsmanship from far away as well.”

Some of the detail is best seen on “Prickly Blossoms” where copper wire is meticulously used for a cactus effect. “Hollyhocks and Stucco” is a cotton, polyester, wool and acrylic piece where “the hollyhocks sway in front of a stucco wall taking me back to the many walks hand-in-hand with my husband along the streets of Santa Fe.”

Like many artists, some pieces are strictly experiments. “Sunset on Prairie” was just that for Wright, coming in the area of dying. Up close it resembles a sunrise thanks to some of the hand-sewn bits on it. Wright says the inspiration comes from her husband, “who always encourages me to ask ‘what if?’”

One of Wright’s son’s favorite books was the inspiration for “Holland Daze,” which features the trademark windmill and tulips of the Netherlands.

“Neon Soapweed” provides a “flashy take on what native Americans once mashed up to make soap.”

At nearly 5 feet-by-5 feet, “Purple Anemome” is the largest of the displays. It features hand-guided machine work, with all beading done by hand.

“She gets very excited about the whole process and how she gets ideas and the whole artistic process,” Rush said. “Many of her pieces feel like there is movement to them which is done by the manipulation of the fabric.”

The entire exhibit is for sale with 30 percent of the proceeds going to the center and the programs and exhibits it hosts.

For more information, contact the center at 817-599-6168 or visit them online at www.dosscenter.org.