Amanita Mollier and Patty Demant
Featured Artists for May 2018
Trinidad Art Night Reception: Friday, May 4th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Patty Demant will pour wine to benefit the Winarainbow Scholarship, a summer camp specializing in circus arts that pulls in many Humboldt youths. Singer/songwriter Chief will be making merry music.
Amanita Mollier's BFA was in Photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, but a series of chance encounters has led her to painting on silk, the medium where she now specializes. She creates wall hangings with seascapes and landscapes that reflect the beauty of our area.
For the opening, she will hang three large, fully framed pieces. This year Mollier has been working on incorporating the human form into her pieces. She also designs and creates wispy, multi-hued silk scarves.
In silk painting each fabric takes colors differently. Even the order the colors are applied to silk changes the effects dramatically. Mollier’s experience of light in her photography brings added life to her paintings. Mollier says her work gives her peace of mind, altered sense of time, creation of beauty from nothing, and joy brought to others’ lives.
Patti Demant prints scarves and clothing with actual leaves that transfer their shapes and colors onto natural fabrics such as silk, wool, and cashmere. Her pieces are soft and inviting, almost as if one had been able to drape the spirit of the forest floor around one's shoulders.
Demant's botanical printing is an ancient fiber art from Australia. Fabric is wrapped around leaves, such as eucalyptus, alder, maple, oak and black walnut, and bound around copper pipes. Immersed in mordants such as iron and vinegar, they simmer for hours, and are opened the next day. The result always offers surprises and delights.
When asked about current work Demant replies, "I am even more determined to become the scientist needed in this volatile art form. The slightest jump in the PH can throw off the process and create an entirely different outcome than expected! Last year, adding the natural dyes of black walnut and avocado were my go-to when looking for contrast to the print process. This year I will boldly go into the world of madder and logwood."
Always excited about trying something new, this year has also seen her experimenting in delicate silks like chiffon and organza to create dreamy summer dresses. Cashmere, Australian wool and Irish weavings are adding warmth to Humboldt County's windy days.