Fabric dyeing pioneer to give artist talk at CrossXpollinatioN

Published on 07 June 2018

Marie-Therese's 'Flames Unfurling'

Marie-Therese Wisniowski, the creator of a bespoke fabric dyeing technique, will share her knowledge during COPACC’s CrossXpollinatioN textile and fibre art exhibition in July.

Ms Wisniowski has honed her signature technique, known as MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS), over the past 20 years and is a feature artist in CrossXpollinatioN 2018.

‘Journeys’ is the theme for this year’s CrossXpollinatioN series of textile and fibre exhibitions, workshops and artist talks taking place at COPACC from July 7 to 29. The Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery will also host CrossXpollinatioN from June 30 to July 29.

Ms Wisniowski said the MSDS technique employed disperse dyes on synthetic or polyester fabrics.

“Disperse dyes are a commercial dye type which are light fast, colour fast and wash fast and have been specifically created for synthetic fibres,” she said.

“The dyes are transparent (printing a blue area over a yellow will produce green) and so lend themselves to layering and overprinting to build rich and complex surfaces.

“A heat press or iron is used to sublimate (transfer) the dye molecules into the fabric fibres.”

Acting COPACC Manager Tamzin McLennan said Ms Wisniowski had taught her MSDS technique at international and national conferences, textile forums and groups, and within university courses. The MSDS technique has also been published in several journals and magazines.

“We are very fortunate that Marie-Therese is willing to come to COPACC to share the signature technique that she has developed,” Ms McLennan said.

“Her works, which are rich in colour, light, shade, contrast, movement and depth, will be on display for the duration of CrossXpollinatioN.”

Ms Wisniowski’s artist talk will take place at COPACC on Sunday, July 8 at 2pm. Participation is free but bookings are preferred – please contact COPACC on 5232 9418 to secure your place.

CrossXpollinatioN is presented by COPACC and RRRTAG, and is proudly sponsored by Irrewarra Sourdough, Tarndie and Star Printing.

More information about the exhibition is available from http://www.copacc.com.au/Exhibitions/CrossXpollinatioN