Anderson Alley Artists Studios
250 N. Goodman St., Rochester, New York 14607

Evelyn J. Kitson

Evelyn J. Kitson

General Information

Medium:
Textiles

Studio:
#202

Hours:
First Fridays, Second Saturdays, Thursday afternoons and by appointment

Phone:
(585) 355-7613

Company:
Grasshopper Garden

Website:
www.grasshoppergarden.com

Email:
e-grasshoppergarden@gmail.com
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About the Artist

Artist Statement

Initially my work involved creating fabric visual compositions by integrating vintage and contemporary fabrics. Recently, I've been using natural dye processes with such dyes as indigo, cutch, lac, cochineal, logwood, brazil wood, and dyer's chamomile. Additionally, I have an interest in the shibori stitch resist techniques found in Japanese textiles. When I combine natural dyes and traditional surface design methods with vintage buttons, trim and needlework, a new form evolves. I enjoy the process.

Grasshopper Garden is based on the belief that there is wonder in this world and natural beauty in each new day. When we notice and appreciate the beauty of the natural world, we nurture the creativity that is within each of us. Like gardening, creativity is an ever expanding and on-going process. Always evolving and ever-new, there is a constant search for the next variation, an improved version, and a fuller expression. Grasshopper Garden products reflect this belief.

Short Biography

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Education from SUNY Geneseo. After 5 years of teaching art and more recently, 20 years of public school teaching, I have returned to my original career as an artist. I currently live in Rochester, NY and divide my time between Studio 3-4, visiting family and friends, gathering and writing family history, reading, taking photographs, and developing my perennial herb garden. As a teacher of reading, language arts and literacy, I have always promoted life long reading and learning.

Shows, Exhibitions, Collections

1972
Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
2006
High Fiber: A Visual Feast Presented by the Weavers' Guild of Rochester, Arts and Cultural Council Gallery, Rochester, NY
2007
Anderson Alley Artists Group Show, Arts and Cultural Center, Rochester, NY
Textiles, Fibers and Fabrics, Baobab Cultural Center, Rochester, NY
2009
Anderson Alley Artists Group SHow, My Sister's Gallery, Episcopal Church Home of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Solo Show: Exploring Textile Traditions, My Sister's Gallery, Episcopal Church Home, Rochester, Rochester, NY
2010
Made in NY, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY

Affiliations

  • Weavers' Guild of Rochester

Examples of the Artist’s Work