Patricia Freiert, a former Latin teacher, began her journey with Japanese fiber art after receiving a gift of shibori table linens in the late 1980s. Intrigued, she began to study the art of resist-dyed silks in both Japan and back home in Minnesota.
Patricia employs both origami, or folding, and makiage, using a stand as a third hand, shibori strategies. Similar to the popular tie-dye method, these Asian techniques rely less on happenstance than on pre-meditated binding, stitching and wrapping to achieve clarity and geometry. “The wit of using three-dimensional shaping to create a two-dimensional pattern intrigues me,” states the St. Peter, MN artist.