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First Tuesday ArtWalk: Looking at Nature Through the Hands of Carrie Crawford


Join us for an evening of Art in conjunction with The Mill Valley Arts Commission’s Artwalk the First Tuesday of each month. Stroll around town to see an exciting range of work from Bay Area artists!

Opening on Tuesday, September 3rd and running through October 31st, we are presenting the work of local artist Carrie Crawford, whose patient manipulation of natural fibers and dyes creates stunning paintings that aren’t really paintings at all but the result of the complexities of indigo dying and time. 

Indigo dye, which comes from a leafy green plant, is a notoriously finicky process that requires nurturing and daily maintenance and is one that Crawford relishes. “So much patience and surrender are called for in these works,” Crawford observes. 

Each piece goes through several iterations of the dying process to capture an array of darks and lights, layered with natural dye. Crawford then stretches the fabric and presents them as paintings. Hivery Lead Curator Kate Nicholson considers the abstract paintings  “spontaneous and surprising and deeply connected to the natural world. You can really see the hand of the artist at work in collaboration with the dye itself.”

Carrie Crawford, a California native, grew up believing that she was not cut out for a career in art because she could not draw representationally. She finally found the textile design program at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and has been working with textiles and design since. Her passion truly emerged when she discovered the unpredictable nature of indigo dying and set to becoming a chemist as much as an artist. 

Free for members and non-members. All are welcome!

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