Pauline Krier Maloney | Fiber Artist
Pauline is a self taught artist winning a number of first place ribbons from area shows and has chosen to move beyond fabric to add metal, paper, paints and dyes to her work. With that change in direction she has been accepted into 7 shows of which 4 were juried at the Dubuque Museum of Art. This past September as part of a Fiber Arts group she exhibited her work at the Maquoketa Art Experience in Maquoketa. IA.
Pauline lives and works in Dubuque, IA. In May 2000 Pauline co-curated a traditional quilt show held at the Dubuque Museum of Art. For the past 7 years she has judged Needlework at the Dubuque County Fair.
This exhibit features several distinct art forms such as Notan, Encaustic, Eco and other dyeing processes, Art Quilts and 3 dimensional work.
Notan is a Japanese word meaning dark – light. It is an interaction between positive (light) and negative (dark) space
Encaustic means “to burn” and is art that uses melted beeswax applied to an absorbent surface on a rigid substrate. Adding wax gives an art piece a certain luminosity and glow and because of the layering aspect creates mystery and a dreamlike aspect that I really like.
Eco dyeing is a new form for me after doing so much sun printing, discharge dyeing and Shibori dyeing. Eco dyeing developed and was popularized by Australian, India Flint and is created by placing plant material on natural fiber fabric or watercolor paper. The fabric is bundled over a metal rod and tied tightly on or in the case of paper clipped tightly. The bundles are placed in a pot of simmering water that also has plant material and other additives such as tea or coffee grounds or metal and then “cooked” for several hours and left in the pot overnight. The next day the bundles are taken out of the pot to dry for several days. At that point they can be unrolled but still need to rest for 5 to 7 days before they can be gently washed. The prints that result are a reflection of the natural world of the dyer and in my case consists of oak leaves, maple leaves and eucalyptus leaves as well as such diverse additions as carrot slices, pomegranate seeds and even pickling spice. Each piece is unique and lends itself to hand embroidery very
Art quilts are a mixed bag as I love abstract work using dyed fabric, metals and other odd additives
**Several pieces feature paper and metal as the juxtaposition between fragile and strong are as impressive in contrast as the Notan’s black and white aspect as works depicting extremes.