Flower Stamped Linen Panel

by Caitlin Parker

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Artist Statement

My work investigates the process of reclamation and its expression in physical and psychological transformations. I’m drawn to narratives addressing the environment and memory. The tension between the natural world and human intervention is explored through subject and material. I use plants, homemade dyes, biodegradable and recycled fabrics, locally sourced and naturally dyed wool and thread. I create a variety of textiles—naturally dyed, cyanotype, and plant stamped—as elements for my work.

These botanically-printed pieces have been created using specimens grown in my own gardens. For many years I lived in upstate NY before moving to LA. So I use a combination of plants native to the Hudson Valley and southern California. Through experimentation, I’ve come to know the best plants for printing. Once the specimen is collected, carefully and mindfully so as to preserve the living plant, it’s placed in a large home-made press in my studio. Once dried, it can then be coated with paint and printed on fabric to create a composition. Wild Western Flora and Curative Botanicals celebrate the beauty and importance of native plants in the landscape and nature’s endless healing power.

Why We Love It

Each 12”x12” Flower Stamped Linen Panels is handmade to order using plant stamps fashioned from cuttings foraged from the artist’s own gardens (and the gardens of a few generous friends). In California Natives you’ll spot Indian paintbrush, sticky monkey-flower, artemisia, and other species native to Southern California—the artist’s home base. Curative Botanicals contains varieties that share a reputation for healing properties, bloodroot, borage, and yarrow among them. Parker lived in upstate New York for many years, so some of these curative plants are native to the Hudson Valley, grown in her garden there and transported across the country in preserved, pressed form. She collects her stamp specimens carefully—mindful to protect the plant and its surrounding environment—and places them in a large, homemade press in her studio. Fully dried after a few weeks in the press, the plants have lasting power, able to be coated with paint and reused to print many times over ... More on the blog!

Details

+ Each piece is handmade to order—please allow up to two weeks to ship. 
+ Color palette, composition, and fabric will be fairly consistent from panel-to-panel, but as each piece is hand-printed by the artist using stamps made of real, pressed plants, some individual plants and hues may vary. 
+ Panels measure 12”x12” and ship mounted and ready-to-hang.
+ Choose between Curative Botanicals or Wild Western Flora—or collect both! Just add to cart one at a time. 
+ This is an open edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ All orders for this edition are final sale and not eligible for discount or return.

Medium:

Fabric paint on linen, stretch on a wood panel

Caitlin Parker

Caitlin Parker is a multidisciplinary artist and curator. Since receiving her BA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London and her MFA in painting from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Parker has exhibited her work in New York, California, Nevada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. She has had solo shows at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; Michael Steinberg Fine Art, NYC; and Rhodes and Mann Gallery, London. She has been the recipient of the Rodney Burn Prize, Bard College MFA fellowship, and Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, which took her to conduct research... Read More
and photograph Ukraine’s Chernobyl site. She was recently in residency at the studios at MASS MoCA. She grew up in Northern California and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
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