Floriography in 3 Translations

Eve Styles

Floriography is the language of flowers, a tongue familiar to artists Eve Styles, Amita Bhakta, and Nadene Mairesse. All three women work in mediums concentrated in the organic beauty of the natural world. The show will open at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts September 4 and run through September 24, 2018. A gallery talk with all three artists will be the evening of September 6 at 6PM at the art center. 

Textile artist and eco, sustainable fashion designer, Eve Styles has created a signature style by foraging for designs in the wild and incorporating them into natural pigments and patterns embedded into her fabrics. Also known as Eve Skywalker, her intuitive fashions have become synchronous with the organic color, form, and pattern of plant life. 

“Textiles really excite me, contextually more than other visual stimuli, because the language there is mostly, arguably, for women to signal their identity & emotions to other women. It is an intimate & subversive visual language! Like flowers themselves, which are not for our eyes, but rather for the compound eyes of insects. Beautiful to us, not for us. But imagine for a moment the experience of a flower, as it was meant to be experienced, by an insect! An enormous, scented, pheromone-laced, neon Vegas mattress, signaling where to land and dappled with food and drink, a communicate between the two speaking the language of flowers. The same visual stimuli of flowers similarly draws me in as a designer to interpret theirs and my story through textiles.” – Eve Styles

Nadene Mairesse is somewhat of a Renaissance woman with a background in design, architecture, and community development. She is known for her color work with textiles and natural pigments through her company Idyllwilde. Mairesse also utilizes organic materials in her conceptual artworks. 

“Found in abandoned lots, country roadsides, and fallow fields are the common flowers, leaves, nuts and stems that I use to create dyes and inks for my textile work. I map my encounters with plants; their location and schedule of bloom and decay inform the color I may harvest at any given time. My studies of plant form, location, and pigment are not only a resource for future color gathering, but a way for me to better understand my place in the world of living things.” – Nadene Mairesse

Amita Bhakta is an interdisciplinary visual artist with expertise in narrative expression. Her works typically employ mixed materials to bring continuous flow and dimension.  Her recent works in clay are centered on the beauty of the natural form, texture, and life cycle of plants. 

“Observing nature with upmost gratitude is a form of a prayer,” my grandfather would quote, the words of Tagore’s, as we sat watching sun go down over flatland of Central Texas. Those words became my mantra, hence my love affair with nature begun. Clay and paint are two of my favorite mediums to express the narrative of my heart, the work in this exhibition are my prayer offerings.” – Amita Bhakta

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St., Florence and is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free. For more information call 256-760-6379.

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