Magic Flute & Lion King

Do not equate pink hair and tie-dye with hippies and flakes!

Having been so recently impressed, intrigued, inspired by Zandra Rhodes' costume designs and printed fabrics for the Dallas Opera's "Magic Flute" production, it was a great treat to see the Joan Morris, Master Dyer exhibit at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery. The Gallery in the Home Economics Building at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is showing this gem through the end of March.

Morris practices the ancient Japanese art of shibori dyeing with thoroughly modern results. She created the fabulous fabrics for Julie Taymor's Lion King costumes on Broadway and in touring productions. She works in the costume shop for Dartmouth University as a dyer for all theatre productions, but also works with the mathematics department in courses of pattern and calculus demonstrating the math behind shibori technique. With another artist, Michele Ratte, she has developed a technique for making monoprints of 23 karat gold onto her dyed fabrics with gorgeous results.

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