Diane uses both natural and professional artist dyes to create beautiful surface designs on natural fabrics. Two prevalent methods include Eco Printing and Shibori.
Eco Printing is a direct contact printing technique. After collecting many of the leaves in her own garden, Diane transfers the plant pigments to the fabric with direct contact and heat. Colors and effects vary based on many variables including the stage of the leaf growth and how the fabric is prepared. The unpredictable nature of Eco Printing ensures each piece is truly an original.
Shibori is an ancient Japanese art of shaping cloth to create beautiful patterns and textures. Diane’s modern and traditional Shibori patterns are created by hand stitching, folding, or binding the fabric after it has been prepared for the dye.
Diane Kuehn works from her studio in the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains to create one-of-a-kind wearable art and unique home décor accessories. She works primarily in fiber arts and polymer clay, sometimes combining both into a single piece. Diane’s life-long attraction to beautiful textiles motivated her to learn some of the ancient and contemporary methods of dying fabric. Because many variables affect the outcome of natural dyes, the knowledge and use was starting to be lost as modern commercial dyes were invented. Diane fell in love with the challenges of using natural dyes and continues to experiment with the gorgeous color palette that only nature can produce. She also offers a line of polymer clay magnetic scarf brooches that perfectly accent her hand-dyed natural fiber scarves. An emphasis on color, textures and patterns can be found throughout her work. Diane has studied under many national and international artists for both fiber arts and polymer clay. She has been a member of the Blue Ridge Polymer Clay Guild since 2011.