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Darleen Wilkerson


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Batik and textile dyeing
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Whether on canvas or on cloth making art for me is fun. From childhood I was preoccupied with color and texture. I was drawn to bright colors, glitter and shinny cloth in those early years and still get a lot of satisfaction from creating items which come from this child-like happy place within myself
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My mixed media paintings reflect a long love affair with color, texture and images from my creative child spirit - yet - influenced by my past experiences of living and working in vibrant cultures where pattern dominate. Aside from the mixed media I show my calmer and more earthy side with a group of batiks. I have been making batiks since I was in college in the early '70s. Through my career I have made batik stuffed sculpture, clothing and wall art.
Originally from California I am a graduate of California State University of Long Beach with a degree in fine art. After university ! lived in South Lake Tahoe and traveled throughout California selling fiber sculptures, batik paintings and hand dyed clothing as well as working on a California State funded Art in Public Places program.
Foreign cultures and their traditional designs have always influenced my artistic expressions as well as leading me on a lifetime of living and working in far off places. My first trip to Afghanistan was part of a year’s journey throughout the region studying women’s customs and their costumes, collecting textiles and learning from the women first hand about their lives. Working with women from around the globe and learning about their lives has given me a unique opportunity to understand cultures many never visit.

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