Carol Anne Grotrian has explored shibori dyeing techniques for more than three decades. The organic patterns of shibori have found a voice in her landscape quilts, providing her with inspiration, challenges, and ideas for more quilts than she has time to make. Indigo dyeing also appears often in her work, including whole cloth stitched resist quilts. Carol Anne turns to indigo not only for its special relationship with shibori, but also for its calming effect. A measured quiet handling of the indigo vat keeps oxygen out of the dye pot, thus prolonging its life, while it helps center the dyer in an almost meditative way.
Carol Anne has taught quilting and surface design techniques for decades. In 2005, she taught at the Sansia Indigo Symposium and Festival in Taipei County, Taiwan. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has quilts in corporate, private and museum collections. Her work has also been featured in many publications, including Surface Design Journal, Fiber Arts Design Books, Textiles: The Art of Mankind, Lark Books’ 500 Art Quilts and Robert Shaw’s Art Quilts: A Celebration . Her studio is in her home in Cambridge, MA, and her web site is www.carolannegrotrian.com.
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