Pamela Feldman’s Artist Statement
For me, the art of making color and the process of weaving with those colors represent a record of my existence. They hold a memory of my observations as I experience the daily changes in my environment. A field of pink poppies, the subtle changes in color of a hibiscus petal or the blood red branches of a dogwood that is barren of leaves all feed into the colors and patterns of my work.
Creating color from natural dyes comes from the need to understand the multiplicity of color in plants. Plants have a hidden beauty in the colors that they can produce, which is rarely obvious to the eye. The lanceolate green leaves of the madder plant, for example, give no hint of the brilliant red roots that are hidden in the soil.
Weaving is a meditative process. The taut warps are stretched, in a simple frame loom, from floor to ceiling and the hued wefts are woven one on top of another in a rhythmic pattern. The processes of observing, dyeing and weaving are inseparable from the piece. Each step builds upon the other to create a piece that is reflective of my personal environment.
Pamela Feldman’s Biography
Pamela Feldman lives in Chicago, Illinois. She is a weaver and a colorist focusing on natural dyes. She received her B.F.A. from the University of California, Davis and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has earned her Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing, Level I and Level II, from the Handweaver’s Guild of America. Pamela is the editor and publisher of the Turkey Red Journal, an online journal about natural dyes. She is a board member of the North Park Community Garden Association, where she maintains a natural dye garden. Her naturally dyed works have been shown nationally and are in a number of private collections. Pamela teaches classes in tapestry and natural dyes at the Chicago Botanic Garden.