Welcome to our blog at Gallery of the Mountains! We are located inside the historic Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. We specialize in fine American handmade crafts, mostly from local and regional artists. We will be happy to ship any item listed here or help you find the perfect gift in our Gallery. For more info about our artists featured in the header photo above, click on Header Artist page just below the header. Please feel free to contact us for availability and prices either by phone or email. Toll Free 1-800-692-2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, January 25, 2010
Local fabric artist Micheal Smith has been making clothing for over 25 years. His favorite textile technique is a very labor intensive, complicated technique called shibori. This 8th century Japanese art form, originally called shiboru (meaning to squeeze, press, shape) is meant to describe a variety of ways to embellish textiles by shaping, crushing, bundling, tying off and securing. Using this ancient technique always leaves Michael inspired, invigorated and enthused about what and how he creates his fine art clothing.
Because of its incredible lightness, beautiful soft drape and ease of wear, his shibori art clothing is the perfect choice for travel, cruise wear, warm weather climates, weddings or any special event. Equally beautiful at home, his tops, scarves and ponchos are exquisite with turtlenecks, jeans,and boots.