pippa drew

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I have been working for a number of years in three media: surface design on cloth, paper collage, and oil painting. The boundaries between these processes can be very soft, yet they present quite different aspects of my self-expression. My textiles are often based on resist-dyeing processes, resulting in geometric patterns, while in painting I build images from observation -- still life, figure and landscape, using color and mark as a vehicle for the experience of light. With collage I combine photo images and mixed media papers that give an emotional and surreal edge to the work. I continue to have a great curiosity about the direction these three processes take in my work, and how they inform each other over time.

About Pippa

Pippa Drew has been a surface designer and painter for over 30 years. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BFA in painting and a minor in textile design, and later earned a masters thesis in oil painting at Dartmouth College. Throughout the 1980s she created silk paintings in her San Francisco studio, and in the mid 1990s traveled to Java to study batik in Yogyakarta, with Agus Ishmoyo and Nia Fliam. From 2006-2008 Pippa made several more trips to Indonesia, creating an extensive body of work in mixed media while living in Bali. She has taught batik and silk painting at the League of New Hampshire Craftsman and Catamount Arts, and shibori and surface design at Dartmouth College under a National Science Foundation Grant supporting interdisciplinary art and mathematics.

Pippa has also studied with textile artists, Mary Anne Jordon, Joan Morris, Ellin Noble, Mo Kelman, Nicole St. Pierre, Betsy Sterling Benjamin, Anna Lisa Hedstrom, Holly Heller, Achemi Cohn and Carol Soderlund. She is currently enrolled in the two year Art Cloth Mastery Program with Jane Dunnewold in San Antonio. Her work has been shown in Northern New England, San Francisco, Tennessee, and New York City.

In the field of oil painting, Pippa was a member of the late Trina Schart Hyman's painting group 2002-2004, and now studies with Aline Ordman and Galen Cheney. She has attended plein air workshops with Stan Moehler in Tuscany, 2010, Randall Sexton in 2011, and Aline Ordman in Avignon, France, 2012.

Pippa lives in Post Mills, VT with her husband, George Morris who is an acoustic guitar builder. They teach and work from their home studios, respectively Vermont Surface Design, and Vermont Instruments.