Madeleine McGarrity "Talvihuivi"
Madeleine McGarrity "Talvihuivi"
Madeleine McGarrity "Talvihuivi"
Incubation: Artists in Pursuit of Discovery

Madeleine McGarrity "Talvihuivi"


cotton voile, indigo dye, wool batting, eco-friendly textile ink
naturally dyed, silkscreen printed, and sashiko stitched
45" x 45"

"While my professional work is largely focused on patterns and pieces that can be reproduced, this scarf represents a section of my work that includes unique projects and original objects. By choice, my design process is limited to sustainable processes and materials, and this garment is no exception. The light blue side is organic cotton voile, dyed with natural indigo, screenprinted with eco-friendly biodegradable inks. The dark navy side is remnant fabric, sourced from the NYC garment industry, and consists of cotton voile on one side, and sheer wool batting on the other, securely basted. Both layers are quilted together, wool side in, with a sashiko-type stitch, using cotton thread gradient-dyed with local black walnut hulls. The stitch pattern is unplanned and evolved naturally as the piece was completed. The materials and technique together give the scarf a stiffness that allows it to stand up around the wearer’s head and neck, making it feel less encumbering and providing extra protection. My goal with any piece is to produce something that is equal parts useful and aesthetically impactful, and this scarf has always been, in my eyes, one of my most successful experiments. This particular scarf is unique and my own, but I do produce similar garments by request (and will until the navy remnant yardage is used up.)"

I worked as the fibers and printmaking assistant at Peters Valley in the summer of 2011 and it’s not an exaggeration to say that my time there heavily influenced the entirety of my professional life afterwards. Coming so recently from a design college where people were focused on their own majors, the exposure to the studio practices of artists in other disciplines was invaluable. With help from my fellow assistants, I was suddenly able to explore blacksmithing, textiles and ceramics without added academic pressure and at a calmer pace, buoying the focus on process in my own practice. Living and working in the Delaware Recreation Area’s rustic setting was an amazing experience--so good that it stayed amazing even when Hurricane Irene hit in August! Swimming in the river and biking to the Thunder Mountain studio will forever be a bright spot in my memory, as will the friendships I made while there. All that said, the thing I credit my time at Peters Valley with most is its change in my career path. 

Madeleine McGarrity, Andover, NJ
Madeleine McGarrity received a BFA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010 and worked as an assistant at Peter’s Valley Craft Center soon after. The printmaking and textile programs at the craft center shared the same space and programming at that time. Despite having no official training in textile practices, working with artists in that field and exposure to their studio processes informed her future career choices. She worked as a professional textile printer in Brooklyn for several years before opening her own studio, called Whoopee Hall. She still operates that shop, designing and producing original yardage and other printed materials. Additionally, she runs Cold and Deadly, a research project investigating the use of natural dyes in the modern low-production commercial print studio.

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