Prayer made visible. For children and mothers, for family for friends. For communities and the lost, for Mother Earth and Father Sky, for oceans, forests, flowers and crickets and creeks. For beauty, for peace, for love. For fires and food and keeping the faith for those who are wandering.
The fabric begins as a blank cloth, waiting for our conversation to begin. We sing, we pray, we say “yes”, “no”, “this”. The fabric and the prayers tell me their story and I serve as the storyteller.
About Stephanie Robertson:
Much like a musical conversation, Stephanie Lewis Robertson sings to her hand-dyed and –printed fabrics while she works, exploring the layering effect of color, pattern, sewn and drawn lines, movement and shape. Spirituality, ritual, traumatic brain injury, nature, music and the power of women serve as the inspiration for the fabric and paper constructions.
Ms. Robertson is the Program Chair for Fine Arts at Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana region. She is also the former Exhibitions Associate at the Indianapolis Art Center. Among her awards and grants are three Individual Artists Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, Best of Show, Indiana Surface Design Show in 2014, Second Place (2015) and First and Third Place (2011) in Surface Design at the Indiana State Fair, recipient of the Stutz Artists Association Studio Space in 2002, and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship in 2001. She holds a MFA (1994, University of Georgia) and a BFA (1981, Miami University) in Fabric Design. Her work is included in several collections, including Community Hospital North, Community Hospital South, Pratt Corporation, St. Francis Hospital (Indianapolis) and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, as well as numerous private collections. She is also a teaching artist with Arts for Learning of Indiana.