Time Honored Tradition
The process of screen printing textiles is meticulous and repetitive which is a very important part in the way that I work. I enjoy the challenge of precision and the ongoing pursuit of perfecting grid registration. My designs include repetition to represent an abundance of pattern and the physical act of repeatedly printing a motif is meditative for me. I am passionate about the time-honored tradition of screen printing textiles and I take great pride in executing nearly all aspects of the development by hand.
Influence and Inspiration
My biggest influences come from organic shapes in their natural state. I see pattern everywhere and I am truly fascinated by contours and shadows.We are surrounded by visually intriguing, recurring designs in nature, ranging from simple to intricate. My desire is to capture this beauty for you to enjoy. Examples of imagery I regularly use in my work are popcorn, orange segments, dead flowers and stucco texture.
My screenprinted textiles focus on exemplifying and magnifying the complexity of repeated forms.
Contemporary Art + Craft
I use my medium of screen printing textiles to instill an overpowering visual sensation upon entering my installations or when viewing a single panel. My designs utilize a process of repetition that is significant in the memory of shapes and colors throughout my personal timeline. I describe my art as bright, abstract and complex compositions hand printed on fabric. I’m proud of being grouped in a “contemporary craft” category and hope to broaden the idea of what art can be for galleries, collectors and cviewers.
My process starts with color combinations and color inspiration. I then decide on what images I have in my personal library that would best represent the feeling of these colors.Once I have my main motif picked I prepare all of my screens and choose fabric (usually cotton or linen) and set up my print table. My absolute favorite part of being an artist is the process of making the pieces.There is so much planning beforeI begin screen printing that I prefer to be flexible and respond to each piece as it develops.
About Elizabeth Odiorne
Elizabeth Odiorne lives in Scottsdale, Arizona and received both her BFA and MFA in Fibers from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She recently completed an artist residency at TechShop, Inc. where she completed a body of work integrating new technologies. Odiorne has been featured in various art publications including Surface Design Journal and Expose Art Magazine.
She exhibits her artwork all over North America and primarily in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. She is an award winning artist in the Transformation: Fiber as Medium exhibit on The Common Thread Gallery.
I love teaching fibers classes and have a week-long workshop coming up-Printed Textiles, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN from October 27 – November 2, 2019. If you are interested in learning about screen printing and fibers techniques, click here for more information on this workshop.