Devonport Regional Gallery

Kim O’Brien: Wrap and Bleach

Kim O’Brien: Wrap and Bleach

Exhibition Dates: 14 MAY – 29 MAY 2016
Opening Friday 13 May, 6 pm

Kim O’Brien’s exhibition Wrap and Bleach explores the ancient Japanese form of fabric dying called ‘Arashi Shibori’.

Kim’s Arashi Shibori technique begins with coloured cotton or natural fabrics; the material is then wrapped onto a cylinder and tied with string into varying patterns. A weak bleach solution is poured over the material to leach the dye from the material, then neutralized and washed in a liquid soap.

Traditionally these fabrics would be created into clothing, however Kim hangs these works in their entirety for the viewer to see their full patterns.

Image: Kim O’Brien, Waves, 2015, Arashi Shibori