Ashley Thayer at Tartine: Quilts, Paintings, Dyeings

Not content to simply craft painstakingly-constructed quilts, artist Ashley Thayer hand-dyes the fabric first, using "reactive MX dyes, acid dyes, indigo, and natural dyes from botanicals foraged around her home in Los Angeles." The opening reception for her exhibition at Tartine Bakery is tomorrow night!

I don't know which of Ashley's works will be on display (and for sale) at Tartine — and I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise anyway — so I've picked my favorites to show you.

  • This quilt looks so indulgent- it seems to have the luxuriousness of velvet.
  • I love the quilt-inspired paintings, and Crystals (Idaho) is my favorite.
  • Log Cabin Straight Furrow juxtaposes the rigid structure of log cabin quilting with cosmically-dyed fabric.
  • Just listen to the elements that went into the creation of this subtle "dyeing": Seaweed, sea water, eucalyptus bark, eucalyptus leaves, tin, tea leaves, rust, ashes, soy. Incredible.
  • I could see the gentle colors of Ashley's napkins pairing very well with Heath Ceramics dishes.

Aequuum Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 16th from 8pm - 10pm at Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero Street San Francisco. The show, curated by Brianna Toth, runs until January 18th. Ashley's work will also be available at Gravel & Gold.

Images: 1., 4., & 5. Maricolous 2. & 3. Ashley Thayer

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