Join Us for A Holiday First Friday
The gallery will be open Friday, December 4th, 11 am - 9 pm
December's Featured Artist
Amy Hemphill Dove
Butterfield Garage Gallery features fiber artist Amy Hemphill Dove during the month of December.
Amy refers to herself as a “dyed in the wool” fiber artist.
Meet The Artist
Join us at Butterfield Gallery
Sunday, December 6th, 11-5pm
Amy will discuss her work and demonstrate her technique.
Amy Hemphill Dove’s materials and subject matter are pure nature. She roams landcapes collecting everything that catches her attention, and back in her studio she explores the potentials. Amy exclaims “I love this process! The botanicals release remarkable secrets from local plants that we see every day and often take for granted. Botanical dyeing and printing allow me to look beyond the usual green of leaves and to really see the shapes, structure and the chemistry in nature.”
And Amy knows her chemistry, earning a Bachelor of Science in Textile Design from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. After college, Amy also worked as a jacquard fabric designer for a major Eastern mill, creating many contemporary, abstract, floral, and more traditionally patterned interior fabrics for select furniture manufacturers.
A consummate experimenter, Amy combines techniques and materials freely. She dyes, felts, prints, stitches onto a range of natural textiles with surprising results.
Using diverse techniques of Shibori (the Japanese art of resist dyeing and texturing), folding, pleating, binding, and printing, she creates a unique beauty and diversity in her pieces. There are so many variables at work in this kind of alchemy, including soil, climate, water, PH, type and weave of the fibers and fabrics - they all keep Amy on her toes.
Her drive to explore new directions generates incredible variety in her pieces. Each is a one-of-a-kind creation. The broad range of fibers and techniques she uses become scarves, tapestries, and shawls, all with an organic beauty that takes your breath away. On display this month are hand-dyed, botanical printed silk scarves, shawls, wraps and felted wall-hangings.