Long known on Maui for making stunning wearable art on silk, in recent years Sheri has taken her contemporary shibori technique into the realm of fine art. Sheri's art featuring natural dyes on silk is recognized for excellence, selected for national and international juried exhibitions.
Sheri had studies with master artisans in Japan, India, China, and the USA. "Deeply knowing your materials is critical for making quality work," Sheri says. "Working with natural dyes is complex. Synthetic dyes are much easier; that's why they took over the textile world when they were invented in the 19th century. But the gorgeous nuanced colors I get with natural dyes can't be matched in a lab. They're worth the effort."
Sheri is committed to using fair-trade, sustainable-sourced, non-toxic materials for her work. She uses only those plant and insect sources which have been known for millennia to produce lasting, permanent results.
Art Maui, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, HI
Members Juried Show, Hui N'oeau, Maui, HI
International Shibori Symposium, Oaxaca, Mexico
Transgressing Traditions, Auburn, NY
Fiber Hawaii, Honolulu Museum of Art, HI
Hawaii Craftsmen, Honolulu Museum of Art, HI
Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts, Gatlinburg, TN
Natural Dye Showcase, Mendocino, CA
Art Maui, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui, HI
Me and my mentor Yoshiko Wada