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Betsy Giberson

  • My focus is on the surface of the cloth.
    I build my pieces to be worn gently on the body.
    Colors are a never ending mystery. I mix my dyes from scratch. Non-colors, warm, cool, tones & shades.
    I over-dye & discharge color using a shape-resist method. Manipulate the shape & apply pressure. Clamps or cord.
    Press, wring, twist.
    Metal under the clamps for shape & rust.
    I take the silk to where I want it to go.
    And it takes me.
    My work is pieced & collaged.
    I use heat & time.
    My references come from where my eyes land.
    Traces of what has been done.
    Evidence revealing the memory of a gesture.
    Skid marks, bundles, beat-up walls.
    Shadows & glare.
    Wring, Squeeze, Press.
  • Based in New Hampshire, Betsy is experienced in a wide range of media techniques including surface design on cloth, collage, painting and hand-made books. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
  • Betsy Giberson's garments are exquisitely crafted of crinkled silk crepe de chine, organza and noil. Surface decoration is achieved with shape-resist, piece dying, and overdying. Pieces are often enhanced with stamped designs.