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 (or "fancy dress" outfits as I think you may call them :) as well as shoulder bags. I am a communications professional in the conservation field in my working life and may or may not try to transition over to working as an artist at some point, perhaps as a retirement career. I would love to dedicate more time to making and sharing my work at some point, but for now (especially now!) I am grateful to have a steady, reliable job.
And as for being involved with the Red Dress project, I was thrilled to discover it 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: email@example.com