Lincolnshire based textile artist Lois’ creative practice centres on Wellbeing Fibres and the ancient Japanese tradition of Shibori.
In her contemporary textile pieces, Lois draws inspiration from reflective experience of the natural landscape to create sculptural forms movement and texture, inherent in both Knit and Shibori, to give depth and texture to the finished surface and form to the sculptural qualities of her work.
Traditional Shibori is a dye resist technique used to produce patterns on folded cloth. Arashi (storm) the name given to the resist-dye process of wrapping cloth around a pole, compressing it into folds, and dyeing it, results in patterns that suggest rain driven by a strong wind. Lois uses other dye resist techniques; Itajime (board clamping) stitching, gathering and pleating to create patterns that explore sculptural forms found in finely crafted natural fibres, silk and biopolymers.