Simone Evans is a passionate artist and textile designer of many talents! As a Shibori-dyer she works with bold and beautiful colors, then constructs garments for women of all sizes. Simone is also a hand weaver and digital printer and graduated from Kutztown University in May 2015 with a BFA in Textile and Material Studies. Read on to learn more about her process!
“After dyeing silk for the first time, having been always intrigued by color, my hands and my heart cohesively agreed on pursuing dyeing as a medium to design fabric, by applying color directly onto cloth.
I use a combination of Shibori dyeing techniques, dye removing, and re-application of dye onto silk, to achieve color-drenched, vibrant, and energetic yardages of fabric. The fabric is then used for collections of women’s apparel that is free-formed and fitting, and comfortable for women of all sizes. I am indulged in this constant exploration of color, while valuing the process of manipulating cloth to produce unique and striking patterns onto silk, to then produce statement pieces of clothing that that are bright, bold, and beautiful.
With the Shibori process, I work in concert with the material, allowing the materials full expression, with no intention to overcome their tendencies or characteristics. While there is some will and control of the dye results, an element of spontaneity and the unexpected is always present. And I believe that is the beauty of the entire dyeing process.
I incorporate my dyeing techniques into my woven work–where I hand-dye fibers using low-immersion dyeing, to then weave those fibers together on a floor loom, creating woven collections of garments and other woven products. My website, www.simoneevans.com holds my online storefront where orders are made, and custom orders of Shibori dyed garments are requested. I love everything about this journey as an artist and I look forward to always finding new aspects of this process to amazed by.”