Valerie Doran Bashaw

Valerie Doran Bashaw has 30 years of experience developing unique, one of a kind works created from natural fabrics including silks and cottons.  She is influenced by the ancient Japanese technique of shibori; cloth is wrapped around a pole, bound, dyed and perhaps bleached and dyed again.  Shibori patterns on cloth produce lovely images reminiscent of shadows in nature, wood grain, water flowing and more.  She also has developed a method of wrapping fabric around bamboo, yielding undulating repeated patterns, beautiful when combined with the shibori results.   

Valerie creates wall pieces of resist-dyed silk fabrics, sewn/pieced together and stretched over a frame.  Inspired by geology, geography and the weather, these pieces often are like regional landscapes.  
She also creates mixed media collages and paintings, incorporating bits of shiny mica and other natural materials.  

“My work is quiet, often meditative, my intention is for you to sit with it, be quiet and come into balance”.