Kristy Bishop

Meet Kristy Bishop

701 CCA’s Artist in Residence
August 10 – November 9, 2015


I create fiber works composed of silk that are dyed in a range of colors extracted from plant sources. These range from plants that I have cultivated to ones that are gathered from roadsides or recently disturbed areas common to the suburban sprawl landscape. I spend many days cooking plants, dyeing fabric, and creating my palate. The dyed silk is treated like strokes of paint, woven or sewn into a larger gradient. confined to a greater geometric shape.

Working in natural dyes forces me to be in direct contact and acknowledgement of my environment, something that is desperately needed in navigating the limbo of suburban America. Using these materials is a way to regain the connection that humans have historically had with nature, bring awareness to its value, and be present in the now. Only when realizing the loss of knowledge, resources or landscape will we then take responsibility.


Kristy Bishop is an artist living and working in Charleston, SC. She primarily works in textiles and creates relief sculpture by handweaving, sewing, and dyeing fiber. The types of dyes that she prefers to use are gathered locally or while traveling. Her primary sources include roadside growth, gardens, and grocery stores. This supplies Bishop with onion and avocado skins, eucalyptus, coreopsis, wild fennel, walnut hulls, marigold, annatto seeds and more. She teaches multiple textile techniques in partnership with the Charleston Museum, The Gibbes Museum of Art, and Engaging Creative Minds. She was the 2012-2013 North Charleston Artist in Resident, a recent recipient of the Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship at Arrowmont School of Crafts, co-recipient of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant, and received the Best in Show award for this years Piccolo Spoleto Juried exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.


Left: Black Center, 2012, silk chiffon, silk charmeuse, acid dyes, 6′ x6′

Right: Cochineal Shibori, 2014, silk chiffon, raw silk, dyed with cochineal bug, indigo, onion skins, 26″ X 24″

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