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In recent years I have been researching and experimenting with tinctorial plants of Central Texas and Moravia for my creative process. Here, I am presenting outcomes of my resent artwork, research, and experiments. I have conscientiously been shifting my creative process choices to art methods and art supplies that are sustainable.
I love to spend time outdoors, wandering, wondering, and studying nature. I make natural colors and mordants from plants, and I apply them in my art when dyeing and mono printing on cloth or paper. This fascinating art method is called eco print. Eco print is a slow and sustainable art experience that produces a visual record of nature's fleeting magical moment and place. It is a celebration of harmony and balance in creative interacting with Mother Nature. I call it the Tai Chi of Textile Arts.
I was fortunate to play with fibers and dyes since my childhood in Eastern Europe, in Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria, inspired by the textile artist and crafts women in my family. My educational background includes a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology from The University of Texas at Austin. My professional experience is in Costume Design and Technology, including fabric dyeing and painting for theatre, dance, opera, film, and television. My paintings and prints were exhibited in galleries in Seattle, Austin, and Brno, Czech Republic. I made costumes for Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. in Hope Floats, and for Angelina Jolie in True Women. I have been teaching college level art, theatre design and technology courses in the USA for about 20 years. In Spring 2014 I started to teach eco print, natural dyes, and sustainable textile art methods in my courses, and currently I am offering Textile Arts courses at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, in Spring 2023.
I have been practicing Tai Chi Quan for many years and I am a member of Shaolin-Do Kung Fu & Tai Chi School in Austin.