YELLOW SPRINGS — The Yellow Springs Arts Council is hosting “Silk and Wire,” highlighting fine jewellery and wearable art by Gayle Sampson and Talitha Greene from Friday, Aug. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 10, with the reception slated for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 at the YSAC Community Gallery, 111 Corry St. It will feature dyed scarves and capes, as well as meticulously crafted, one-of-a-kind metal and wire jewelry, made with natural gemstones and fossils.
A Fiber Artist and a Jeweler sat next to each other one day, and fell in love with each others work. The outcome was Talitha Greene and Gayle Sampson creatively collaborating together for a year to create “Silk and Wire; original, artisan, fine jewelry and wearable art.”
“I have been creating some kind of art-related mess since I was a child,” Sampson said.
Sampson has a B.A. in liberal arts, focusing on cultural anthropology, art history and textiles. More than 20 years ago, she decided to buckle down, and direct her focus from various multi-media projects, to using traditional dying methods such as Shibori, SERTI (resist painting), Low Water Immersion (LWI) and drip dying. You can see some of her work on www.liveletdyesalon.com.
At age 7, Greene started her journey of jewelry design and fabrication when, her mother’s friend, jewelry artist, Gail Zimmerman from Rita Caz taught her how to make earrings. From there, Greene was off and running, making earrings and bracelets until, at the age of 12, she started metal smithing classes with Mark Crockett. Talitha has continued to hone her skills since that time, and has worked at both Rita Caz in Yellow Springs and Oakwood Jewelers in Dayton. Just ask her about her jewelry, and it won’t take long to figure out how passionate she is about crafting fine, artisan jewelry.
Sampson is offering a Serti Resist Class from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, “The SERTI Technique of Painting on Silk.” SERTI is a traditional way of controlling water-based dye or fabric paint on silk using a resist so that the flow of dye is controlled. While the dye is kept from spreading beyond the resist fence, it allows the artist to create beautiful effects by layering the color using water color, sumi and Chinese wash brushes.
Participants will go home with a finished piece. To register visit www.eventbrite.com/e/painting-silk-using-french-serti-resist-tickets-36566123259 or call Greene (Live and Let Dye) at 937-369-6233 and leave a message. Cost is $40 per person and includes materials. It is open to ages 12 and up (12-15 must be accompanied by an adult) with the class size limited to 12. Registration and payment is due by Sunday, Aug. 20 at the YSAC Community Gallery, 111 Corry St.
Xenia Daily Gazette news report compiled by Whitney Vickers. Information courtesy of the Yellow Springs Arts Council.