This past spring I lived in the isolated mountain town of Shinshiro, Japan as the final apprentice to Hiroko Harada, a world-renowned shibori artist and all natural indigo-dyer. I tended to the indigo dye vats and practiced shibori techniques day in and day out. Everything I did was rooted within tradition—done exactly like it was practiced hundreds of years ago. But one day Harada-Sensei said something peculiar:
Tradition. Tradition is the passing along of knowledge and skills to the next generation, but the fact is that tradition will die if it remains stagnant. For it must continuously be modified to be relevant in the present.
These words have stuck with me as I develop the NellieRose Collection of silk clothing and accessories. While using traditional shibori techniques, I team up with my mother, Laurie Gundersen, to explore color, texture, and work that flows from the hands.
Please join us at The Barn Swallow! The show opens this Saturday, November 2nd with a reception from 4 to 6 pm and will remain there until November 23rd.