Dianna VanderDoes is a fiber artist working in cotton and silk fabric. She combines surface design techniques such as dyeing, painting, image transfer and applique in layers that she stitches together to create complex images.
The layering of many different techniques and material gives her work its sense of depth and complexity. Working with fabric also gives her opportunities to explore texture in a way that isn’t available in any other media. The sensual tactile quality of the fabric gives it a warmth and approachability that makes the viewer want to touch and interact with it more closely.
Color is usually her initial inspiration for a piece and gives the work its sense of emotion. She also enjoys playing with contrasts in her work such as transparency and opacity, organic lines and geometric shapes, realism and abstraction.
Dianna’s work is primarily an investigation of her relationship with the natural world. Her interest is not as much in creating a realistic replica of what she sees in nature as it is in portraying the numinous connection, the depth of feeling, and the sense of mystery that is part of that relationship.