Erin Bassett Artistry
The technique Erin Bassett uses to create these beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art is called Shibori, it is an ancient Japanese technique dating back to the 8th century and is more commonly known as tie-dye.
She uses silk for its sculptural characteristics. Shibori is a time- and labor-intensive process. The fabric is prepared and then the silk is wrapped around metal and glass objects and secure them using rubber bands by hand. I allow the fabric to “speak to me” on where I place the objects. Heat is applied by boiling the bound silk in different colors together creating astonishing color combinations. After the silk is completely dry, the rubber bands are removed and the objects are taken out.
The result is beautifully textured silk fabric that is light and airy yet sculptural and dimensional.
Becoming a full-time artist has been a lifelong dream. Erin gets to be creative everyday, share her love of textiles with amazing clients and see the direct results of her hard work.
Erin is a caregiver to her mother who struggles with Alzheimer’s symptoms. "The work I create has a memory, it keeps the shape I imprint on it. I find the connection of my mother losing her memory with the fabric having a memory, to be a sign that I am doing what I am meant to do. I have found my purpose and I want to share it with the world."