"Primitive" © 2007 Carla Pyle
23-28 in x 112 inches

Manipulated and machine stitched. Top layer of hand-dyed silk organza. Bottom layer of hand-dyed cotton. Result is a 3-dimensional surface with subtle variations in color, texture and density.

Exhibited in "Lush" at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery
Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
Sept 6 - Oct 18, 2007
"Once long ago when I lived in a daylight world, the world being too much for me, I would have gone to grass. Face downward and very close to the green stems, I became one with the ants and aphids and sow bugs, no longer a colossus. And in a ferocious jungle of grass I found the distraction that meant peace."

- John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

What artist has not been inspired at some point by the patterns, textures and colors provided so readily in the natural world? We look to the lean, strong lines of a bare tree in winter, listen to the harsh tapping sound of a woodpecker outside the window, marvel at the crooked forms of geese flying south for the winter. The natural world provides the creative self with a universe of contrasts: chaos, and calm, empty and abundant, singular and repetitious. We relate to the colors, forms and shapes of nature, as well as to the wellspring of concepts discovered in its happenings.

In conjunction with the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College, The Textile Society of New Bedford announces a juried exhibition of yardage influenced by the infinite microcosm of the natural world and conforming to the feeling Steinbeck describes in the above quote where the artist goes "face downward... no longer a colossus", in order to explore the intricacies of our environment.