IRIS SULLIVAN DAIRE - #3
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.
Connecting to nature through color is a process filled with intrigue and joy. Every plant has a story, and creating color from plants is dependent upon the relationship between dyer, plant and cloth. The colors from nature applied to cloth, such as Indigo Blue, Madder and Cochineal Red - have built empires and inspired trade routes all over the world since ancient times.
A detour into the realm of toxic chemical dyes started during the industrial revolution, and has created many problems around the world. Returning to the realm of earth based colors is an antidote to much of the suffering that we have created for ourselves.
We are lucky to live in these times in which a renaissance of natural color is happening. The Slow Food movement, and the Slow Fashion movements have awakened within many the desire to localize their basic needs as much as possible. Plant based colors are part of that.
Fiber arts exist in the intersection between art and craftsmanship. I use plants in a variety of ways to create color and marks on cloth, such as direct printing with plants in a process known as eco-printing, using plant extracts for block printing and using the cloth I make to create installations such as my Red Tent Project.
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