K. Velis Turan
Fiber Artist K. Velis Turan comes to Gloucester by way of New York’s Hudson Valley, putting her vibrant multimedia color theories into practice to capture the light and mass of city structures.
Her art explores the shape, line and color that makes up a city of steel, stone, and concrete designed at its most functional and forceful. She is motivated by the architecture, bridges, roads and energy of our cities in general, and New York City in particular.
"My intention," Notes Turan, "is not to idealize the city, nor to replicate it exactly, but to leave viewers with a feeling of it. My mixed-media fiber pieces are works in dyes, threads and a variety of other media on whole cloth that give the impressions of the textures of the city but in the malleable surface of textiles."
Her truly unique technique employs graphic fibers and a deconstructed screening process that combines stenciling and reactive textile dyes. Once the image is transferred on to the fabric using paints, dyes, crayons and pencils that add color to the base, she uses additional fabric, netting and other fibers to add texture and color where needed. The next step is quilting the piece through batting and backing fabric using free-motion machine stitching and hand stitching as needed for effect.
From a recent visit to Gloucester she returns now with a new work of this locale, The Copper Paint Factory.