Renee Magyar oregon - USA | 2018
SECTION OF DRESS: Natural Circles
A self taught Textile artist inspired by nature
About me: I have been working with fabric in one way or another since I was around 8 years old when my mom taught me to use her sewing machine. In my 20s, that exploration turned from home decor objects to wall hangings. I am self-taught though have a background in graphic design and have taken a handful of art classes over the years. I am inspired by the colours, patterns, and textures of the fabric and thread and have come to enjoy a loose and free style where the thread and raw fabric edges often play as equal a role in the composition as the fabric body. I prefer to work with found or salvaged fabric and occasional found objects as a way to reduce environmental impact. And finding pieces often fosters inspiration. Rather than beginning with an idea or mental image and finding fabric to create the image, I often begin with a piece of fabric or a set of colours and create from there. However, I do also keep a sketch book of ideas. I am most inspired by nature, especially the forests and deserts of the Pacific Northwest. One recent idea inspired by a long-distance hike on the Pacific Crest Trail is to replicate wildfire-burned trees in 3 dimensions with black silk and satin. I have also quite enjoyed making a number of costumes as well as shoulder bags. I am currently a communications professional in the conservation field in my working life.
I was thrilled to discover the Red Dress project through a dear friend in Bristol (she saw it on Facebook). It's an honor to be part of a collaborative project with creative people around the world. I look forward to hearing the stories of the other contributors.
To contact Renee for commissions, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org