Longtime friend Joni Vanderslice at J. Banks Design commissioned a large-scale print installation for The Boundary at Moreland Village in Bluffton, SC. Rick Rhodes photographed the original “Hobcaw Barony” (batik on silk) at their Discovery Center in Georgetown, SC. Mary Edna’s assistant Celie Dailey digitally stitched the images of the multi-panel batik art. It was printed on an 18’2″ x 3’8″ canvas, at such high resolution that it looks like the original herringbone silk.
Many thanks to Joni and Laura Page at J. Banks, Rick Rhodes Photography and Celie for all their support!
The theme, Flight Patterns, served as reference and inspiration for 26 international participating artists, referring not only to the location at the world’s busiest airport but also to the many uses of the word and concept of patterns that are frequently used in connection with textiles.
The exhibition is located in Concourse T North at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Mary Edna Fraser’s Gulf Oil Spill was selected by curator Dorothy Moye for Flight Patterns, on view April 2014 through April 2015.
Gulf Oil Spill, batik on silk, 55″ x 35″
I’m eternally grateful to Susan Pearlstine for commissioning me to create a work of art which hides her big screen TV. This site-specific piece is the first time that I’ve made my art move, thanks to Brent Havens. The main panel on the left, which covers the screen, is a combination of an aerial view and an on-location shoot from the ground. The trees feel like they’re in a mysterious creek and the Spanish moss gives the batik an atmospheric texture. Two side-by-side verticals are stationary on the right and show a satellite image of Chadwick Road, Charleston. Once the square panel moves behind the two verticals, it makes a whole new work of art. Thanks to Lauren Sanchez, Mark Sloan and Reggie Gibson for helping me with the process of design.
My dear brother Burke brought the family Ercoupe down to Charleston. On Friday, we flew from Johns Island Airport to Amelia Island (GA) to shoot for a commission. I took over 1,000 photographs on this flight. The trip was so exciting and I shot every barrier island on the way. What made it special was that when I began my career with © Island From the Sky, this was the exact same path we flew in the 70’s. Now I’m using digital and Burke and I are a well-oiled team. Chase Cribb, my intern from the Art Institute of Charleston, got a chance to fly too and took these beautiful photographs of me and Burke with the Ercoupe and the view of my home on James Island Creek.
After an engaging week of teaching batik for TAFTA my travel from Melbourne to Sydney was a restful sunset flight.
Sylvia Riley, who I tutored in the 2007 class in Orange, Australia, kindly shuttled me to her home at Homebush in Olympic Park. Her 4th story apartment faces a mangrove forest.
Sylvia is an accomplished silk painter and owns the business www.silksational.com.au. I bought incredible vintage kimono silks, books, and supplies for batik which will be shipped home.
Our first day we traveled to the Blue Mountains to collect plants for eco dyeing. We toured the Three Sisters at Katoomba
with daughter Bianca and friend Petra
and Black Heath bush.
At the home of Allison and Derek Murphy in Dargan.
Sylvia began collecting eucalyptus bark and leaves, bracken fern, lichen, and flowering eggs and bacon plant for us to use for natural dyes.
Silks were first scoured to accept the dye. My job was to mangle leaves separated into 3 pots of simmering water to extract dyes from eucalyptus, braken ferns, and tea tree.
Sylvia carefully folded plants in to create patterns with the Japanese shibori technique of clamping and binding
The day was spent mordanting silks in alum and stirring the pots loaded with silk.
A few samples of the natural dyed silks that will be shown December – January in Charleston,
More to come,