Showcasing the Arts


Feb. 2015 Featured Artist:
Laverne Zabielski


Laverne Zabielski dying 
    pole-wrapped silk.The Shibori technique is based on manipulating fabric. The fabric resists the dye and creates a pattern. I always place at least three colors, or shades of one color of dye on the cloth. This creates movement and depth. The art created is complicated, simply. With my wearable art my intention is to create opportunities for you to interact with the art, to become the art and enhance your self-expression by transforming your experience into a dynamic artwork.

For me, art is an interactive life experience. Rather than react, which comes from the gut, I prefer to respond, which comes from the heart. When I live in that brief pause between reacting and responding, I am living a creative life. For instance, when working on a piece of fabric, if I spill some dye, rather than react and toss the piece, I respond and consider how to work this new phenomenon into the finished art.

I began as a writer, writing the truth about my experiences, no matter how painful. As my children became teenagers, I became a visual artist. While much thought and contemplation goes into visualizing a piece of art, the actual tasks for completion are somewhat routine and can be completed in the midst of chaos; wrapping, dyeing, steaming, rinsing, ironing and then finishing the edges to create truly wearable art which is vividly layered and intrinsically contains the stories of my life.

In my memoir, The Garden Girls' Letters and Journal, using a form of organic discussion, I created an interactive dialogue. My wearable art is an expression of the visual facet of this layered conversation. Because of the amount of energy involved in the creative process this energy is still present in the finished art and the wearer of my art is only moments away from my story.

My desire is to create serenity. I begin my day by taking our dogs for a walk in the Appalachian foothills absorbing the colors of the season, pondering how they might be formulated by implementing color theory. After returning to the cabin, I tear fabric and wrap it around a pole or rope in the loft. On the back porch I apply the dye, then leave it in the hot sun to dry. Later, in the kitchen, I wrap the fabric in newsprint and steam it to set colors, rinse in the basement, then back to the loft to respond, design and sew. I can have issues in my life, however, I also have art in process to work on at any given moment.

Ultimately, my hope is that my art inspires you to ask questions. What if? This is the first step to becoming an artist. I'm not a big believer in talent. What produces creative results is desire and the willingness to take risks.

Laverne Zabielski
202 Laverne Lane
Monticello, Ky.

Telephone: 859-576-4625


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