On display April 8 – June 26, 2022 in Kapnick Hall
Curated by Naples Botanical Garden
From nature, honoring nature; Five local artists’ work are “woven” together in this synergistic exhibition featuring material like silk, pine needles, reed, and cotton. Wrap yourself in a never-before-seen celebration of the possibilities of fiber, the beauty of the Garden, and the endless potential of the natural world.
Live Artist Demonstrations
Included with admission, demonstration Saturdays (see the schedule below) will give you an even more in-depth look into the medium of Fiber Art. Whether it’s pine needle basket weaving or Rozome/Batik, you’ll be able to experience the exhibition with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the artists’ process.
Exhibiting artists will be present from 11am – 2pm on the following dates:
June 25: Dusty Holmes
About the Artists:
Cheryl Costley has had a love for fabric since her childhood. After focusing on a career and earning her Ph.D., she has found herself once again surrounded by fabric. There is a repeated theme in Costley’s work, the Seagrape (Coccoloba uvifera) plant. As her favorite, native Florida plant, it is honored in this exhibition because of the work it does to preserve and protect our beaches and ecosystem.
Mary Day weaves forms from rattan that curve, bend, are open, and seem to be as light as the air itself – a practice she’s been cultivating over the past 15 years. Rooted in drawing her work is strongly influenced by flora and fauna and she hopes that guests consider how each individual piece plays an important “part” in relating to the “whole.”
Muffy Clark Gill knows her way around the wax-resist dyeing technique known as Batik. She first saw Batik at an exhibition in Kampala, Uganda, and has chased the medium ever since. You’ll see references to the Garden throughout her work in the exhibit, including Gill’s interpretation of the Garden’s beloved Roberto Burle Marx mural found in the Kapnick Brazilian Garden.
Dusty Holmes’ pine needle baskets hold so much intimacy. Each needle goes through a delicate process to prepare it for weaving. The woven vessels give a nod to a simpler time when our ancestors depended on natural materials for some of their most basic survival needs. You may notice a familiar seedpod or two woven into Holmes’ work; these seedpods were found in our very own Garden.
Roseline Young’s love for textures, color, and patterns has kept her entangled in the fiber medium for over 30 years. Young has been weaving natural materials like wool, cotton, and linen on looms, often leaving edges and ends spilling out of the tapestry and inviting the viewer back inside. Young has organized several community weaving projects throughout Southwest Florida and will be leading the one taking place at the Garden the opening weekend of the exhibit.
This exhibition supports this year’s Intertwined theme, which explores the connections in the natural world and the bond between people and plants.
This exhibition is included with general Garden admission.
Image Credit: Cheryl Costley, Detail of Sea Grapes Revisited, 2021.