Melinda A. SmithMy work is done with needle and thread, one bead at a time. The intricate, time consuming, detailed nature...
Surface Design Studios
"My work celebrates nature in art-to-wear signed prints and colorfield paintings. The iridescent, translucent colors of my designs on silk come alive when worn, bringing dynamic grace and movement to the depictions of dragonflies, leaves and other natural wonders. The prints can also be enjoyed as art for the wall when not being worn. Cyanotype or blueprinting, marbling, screen printing, discharge and handpainting with interference colors are all techniques I use to create designs from nature as seen through eyes of a passionate gardener."
Click on "View Gallery" to see examples of the hundreds of unique prints Enid has created and learn more about the processes. Designs shown include ginkgo, skeletonized grape leaves, sumac and Japanese maples. Other themes inspired by the garden include ferny corydalis, pin oak, sassafras, dogwood, moonflowers and dragonflies. While each print is unique, a similar print can be created for you if the one you choose is sold. Other scarf collections include Impressionist colorfields, marbled patterns and geometric borders. Check back here for new designs, request images by e-mail or visit Allanstand.
Enid has been a professional studio artist since 1981. Her wearable art scarves are available from Allanstand, the Folk Art Center's Gallery Shop in Asheville and from the artist. Enid also creates jewelry from iridized & dichroic glass and gemstone leaves. She is working on a line of mosaic planters. Her studio looks out onto an inpspirational organic flower garden full of color, a collaborative work-in-progress that she and her husband Bruce LeLacheur design and tend. The garden features thousands of unusual daylilies, including hybrids by the artist and architect.
Selected past representation:
American Craft Museum NYC, Renwick Gallery Shop, Smithsonian, DC; Guild.com; Folk Art Center Gallery, Parkway Crafts NC, Arrowcraft TN; Virginia Museum, ACV, Artisphere, Ellipse Craft Shop, the Barnswallow & Artisans Studio Tour near Charlottesville, Rockefeller Museum & Colonial Williamsburg Lodge, VA.
Selected Teaching experience:
workshops in suminagashi & Turkish marbling, painting & printing on silk & paper for Smithsonian RAP, DC; Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, MD; VA Museum & affiliates, Visual Art Center of Richmond, Lee Art Center, VA; Brookfield Craft Center, Guilford Handcrafts, CT
Education: BFA Crafts 1977 VA Commonwealth University, with studies in clay, metal, fiber
Surface design on Cloth & Paper: Penland, NC, Arrowmont & Appalachian Center for Crafts, TN; Parsons School of Design in Japan. Fused glass: Snow Farm, MA
Published Articles: Fiberarts and Grandiflora.
Professional Affiliations: Exhibiting Juried Member
Southern Highland Craft Guild: since 2002.
Artisans Center of Virginia: since inaugural jury 2000 in fiber & 2010 in glass jewelry artisanscenterofvirginia.org