IRIS SULLIVAN DAIRE - #23
5249 Birch Street
Iris comes from a family of farmers, healers, teachers and artists. She started weaving at the age of seven and holds a BFA in Fiber Arts from the University of Oregon. She has been passionately working with natural dyes since 1993, coaxing color from the natural world and applying it to silk, wool and cotton for her work as an artist. She is especially interested in the healing capacity of plant based color.
She lives with her family and three indigo vats on a wooded hillside overlooking the Columbia River.
Iris and her husband Joe are two of the founders of the Scorcher Artisan Cooperative, which operates the Blue Scorcher Bakery Café.
Dream Bird Studio has been a vehicle to create beautiful silk adornment scarves, everyday linens and clothing colored with nature since 2003.
Fiber art, especially natural dyeing, exists in the intersection between art, alchemy, and craftsmanship. It is an invitation for transformation on many levels.
I grow and forage plants that I work with in a variety of ways to create color and marks on cloth. Techniques include: indigo dyeing, direct botanical printing using leaves and flowers, and block printing and painting with extracts. Many of these plants, like indigo and madder, have connections to humanity that reach back into prehistory.
The colored cloth may be used for making installations, adornments, or wall pieces.
Some installations require cloth created ceremonially. My Red Tent Project, an ongoing series of ephemeral outdoor structures using red madder dyed silk, houses the imagination, and encourages rest and healing during menstruation.
These times we live in are a call for us to collaborate, with each other, and with the natural world. Together we have the capacity to consciously co-create a benevolent and just future.
My goal as an artist is to make art in support of Nurture Culture and to hold space for deepening connections that are in service to life. My art diffuses the bomb that is extraction culture.