Sherit Levin 90 IL
Based in Newton, MA
My process begins with drawings rooted in nature. These designs are etched into white silk-velvet and hand-painted using dyes like water-color paints. I create brush marks but also allow the dye to flow naturally within the organic forms of the cut velvet. Both nature and artist create patterns, sometimes accidental and frozen in time. The gradient hues evoke moods, and their combinations tell stories. The wearer feels enveloped in luxurious one-of-a-kind fabric, whose colors compliment her and tell a story of her own.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
Got to always keep things interesting. This morning while having coffee, I looked at pictures on Pinterest of hematite rocks. That got my but moving today and into the studio, to paint some scarves that have a silver gray background with bits of iridescent rainbows.
You can see much of my process on Instagram.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
It all comes back to The Nature Lab.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
My best work, only.