Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Catherine Kirsch


I am fascinated by the endless opportunities to explore the convergence of color on the grid of cloth.

I love working with linen as the weave is very reminiscent of the grid and offers a satisfying visual and actual texture.

I begin each piece with a single layer of color applied with fabric dye to manipulated linen. Then the cloth tells me what happens next. What color works? Is there to be another grid? What kind of grid? A folded one, created with discharged lines, or one that is painted.

Then the painted color is added. And again the cloth directs the process. I spend many hours deciding what color choice is best for the cloth. I use color wheels that I have carefully painted in various color combinations based on color theory to reach a final decision.

My images are elements I have designed related to the grid, and then generated as silk screens, thermofax screens or temporary stencils. I use these tools to print the paint, transferring my imagery onto the cloth.


Textiles have played a prominent role in Catherine Kirsch’s sense of identity from childhood into adolescence and young adulthood. Sewing, weaving and quilting are doorways into relationships and work. In 2001, this culminated in a solo art quilt exhibit in Worcester, Massachusetts. In February 2011, Kirsch exhibited recent art cloth pieces in the Surface Design Association show opening in New Bedford, Massachusetts. When she is not in her studio, Kirsch is a clinical social worker in private practice in Worcester, Massachusetts specializing in marriage therapy.

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