Valerie Doran Bashaw, Artist/Educator
Valerie Doran Bashaw, of Grandview, Missouri, is a fiber/mixed media artist and fine arts educator. Earning a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA rom the University of Michigan, both in Fiber. She teaches studio art courses (Fiber, Design, Art History and Art Survey) at the college level, and works with special populations, in addition to summer classes at the Ghost Ranch Conference and Education Center in New Mexico. She is active in the local and Missouri arts culture.
She has 30 years of experience developing unique, one of a kind works created by dyeing and printing (surface design) on natural fabrics, silks, cottons and linens. Influenced by the Japanese technique of shibori; cloth is wrapped around a pole, bound, dyed and perhaps bleached and dyed again. Shibori patterns on cloth produce lovely images reminiscent of shadows in nature, wood grain, water flowing and more. She has developed methods of wrapping fabric around bamboo, yielding undulating repeated patterns, beautiful when combined with the shibori results. New work is rust printed, and embellished with metallic threads, hand embroidered.
Valerie creates wall pieces of resist-dyed and rust printed fabrics, sewn/pieced together and stretched over a frame. Inspired by geology, geography and the weather, these pieces often are like regional landscapes. A large commissioned work was installed at the University of Kansas Hospital in 2011 and works are in public and private collections. “My work is quiet, often meditative, my intention is for you to sit with it, be quiet and come into balance”.
Mixed Media collages are influenced by Japanese design and use natural materials, printed papers and more.