Valerie Doran Bashaw
Woven Wind Studio
Woven Wind Studio, Valerie Doran Bashaw
Valerie Doran Bashaw is a longtime fiber artist and arts educator. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from the University of Michigan. She teaches art to students of all ages and abilities, and is active in the local and regional arts scene. She has shown and sold work extensively for 25 years.
Valerie’s work has been called eclectic; working in a variety of mediums, from delicate ethereal mixed media collage to shibori-dyed, sewn wall pieces. With many years of teaching and art making experience, her design sensibilities are highly refined and her voice consistently comes through. Influenced by a Japanese professor, the understated aesthetic resonates. Her work is about water and wind, sunshine and shadows, wildlife, geology, geography, those things that are temporal, always changing, subtle yet fleeting.
She continues to work in collage and mixed media. The same aesthetic is common in all: repetition of elements, a keen interest in pattern, and usage of vibrant colors. The presentation is refined, the work is designed to quiet and center the viewer, and serve as an antidote to our over-stimulated culture. It is work designed for meditation, a brief respite, a place to rest. New work in fiber includes rust printed fabrics, stitched with metallic threads and embellished with beads and sequins.
Valerie’s work is in several collections, including Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Insurance Management Specialists, and other public and private venues. Often worked is hung in hospitals and places of healing.