AIR @ TAC MAKERSPACE (Bard Graduate Center)
May 14 to July 1
Natalie A. Stopka binds books emphasizing unconventional structure and materials. She sources uncommon fibers, repurposed and hand-dyed fabrics, and vintage textiles to bring a unique variety of texture to her work. In her exploration of historical fiber arts techniques, Natalie refreshes half-forgotten methods such as fabric marbling, mordant patterning, and the fermentation of natural dyes. She divides her time between Cragsmoor, NY where she forages for natural dyes, and Yonkers where her studio practice and dye garden are located. Natalie is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Center for Book Arts 2011/12 Van Lier/Stein Family Scholar for Advanced Studies.
During her time in the TAC Maker Space, Natalie will explore various natural materials and the sympathies that exist between them. Infusing mineral vehicles with botanical color, she will transmute dyes into paints. Her aim is to build ephemeral images of the stones and earth that nurtured the growth of those self-same dye plants.
"I am interested in artistic processes rooted in the materials and forces of the natural world. I use diverse textile and bookbinding techniques to this end, drawing on the shared heritage of craft that has historically allowed us artistic access to nature. These meticulous, layered processes allow each artwork to be materially rooted in a particular space and time created by the intersection of the techniques involved, with a big role for serendipitous chance. This approach brings a complex, ever-evolving vocabulary of texture and surface patterning to the work I create."
Artist Public Hours:
Natalie will be working in the studio/gallery during the following times:
Bard Graduade Center is located on 18 W 86th St, New York, NY 10024. For more information visit bgc.bard.edu