April 12, 2022

Monumental Dyeing, 2021

A photo from Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in northern Arizona inspired Betz Frederick to create an Impressionist image in a woven table runner. A 2-yard white cotton warp was the canvas, and fiber-reactive dyes matched to the colors in the picture were the paint. The inspiration photo was enlarged 600% and placed above the warp. Frederick’s husband Harold used a foam brush to paint the spires, and then she came behind him, adding the green bushes and sky. Their work of art dried overnight, then was rinsed and dried again. The painted warp was transferred to a loom and a rust-colored weft was used to complete the weaving. The photo was featured in a 2020 Arizona Highways calendar.