Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.
Australian artist, Margaret-Anne Gooch, was introduced to natural dyes and textiles by her mother during her childhood. This interest was reignited at various points in her life both in England and Australia through her studies and through workshops.Margaret-Anne discovered the art of shibori and further natural dye techniques in her studies when she undertook a Fine Art and Visual Culture degree which she completed in 2012. Her interest in natural dyes and shibori was further developed at the Plant Craft Cottage Natural Dye Group within the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, Victoria, Australia. Shibori and natural dye have become a consuming interest for Margaret-Anne as she explores the complexities of these techniques.
In her recent exhibition, Exploring Shibori, at the Red Earth Gallery, Mooroolbark, MargaretAnne used traditional and contemporary shibori resist dye techniques with indigo and other natural dyes, applied to silk scarves and silk fabric. She explored colour combinations to achieve stark dramatic effects and soft gentle results, through over dyeing and using different shibori techniques.
Margaret-Anne has previously been involved in a number of exhibitions as a visual artist, focusing on her painting and photography
Margaret-Anne is a member of the following Australian organisations:
*National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)