Utilizing local plants as well as sustainably grown and acquired dyes from around the world, Kippian Inglis (Kipp) dyes natural fibers to be made into clothing, accessories, and home decorative items to sell at art and craft venues. Having been a dyer of cloth for many years and a garment and quilt maker for even more years, she has always had some form of fiber wrapped in her fingers from an early age. She switched completely to using all plant-based dyes in an effort to mitigate the heavy metals involved with commercial dyestuffs going into our water supplies and our bodies. She grows some of her own dye plants and collects local leaf and flower materials to make dyes and combine leaf imprints on her fabrics.
Kipp enjoys creating her own designs on fabric using techniques such as: shibori (folding, clamping, stitching, wrapping, bundling ) an old and on-going “tie-dye” method seen in many cultures; screen printing, stenciling and drawing processes to mark the fabric; leaf and flower prints obtained through the “eco-print” process of direct contact printing onto fabrics; discharge methods; and any other way she can find to “mark” fabrics.
Nature as well as the cultural history of garment making from around the world continues to be a large influence over her work. She strives to honor historical techniques while considering the impacts, both long and short term, on our eco-system and our cultures. How fibers are grown and processed, how dyestuffs are obtained and utilized, and how our culture can continue to produce mindful and beautiful art are ever-present in her creative process.