Mary Krebs Smyth
"In Memory of Adrienne Goldberg:
Dedicated to an Artist, Fit for a Queen"
 

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(Photos by Bill Crofton)

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There have been many amazing women in my life. Adrienne Goldberg was one of them. She was a wonderful artist, a renaissance woman, creative, fascinated by life, and ceaselessly curious. Her artistic passion was pressed in many mediums: drawing, painting, sculpting and quilting. Our conversations were a powerful influence on my creative process. They expanded my aesthetic vision and encouraged me to experiment with new materials.

I often begin my fiber work with an existing garment whose materials and history inspire and inform the development of the rest of the piece. In this instance I used as the first layer of my robe a gold and black sheer caftan that belonged to Adrienne. As a first step I cut down and reconstructed her garment saving all the extra material to be used in creating original embellishments for other layers. Rather than using a pattern, I developed my robe by draping and pinning the fabrics on a manikin, building each layer as it came to me in a process much like collage. My garment is constructed using both machine and hand stitching. It contains a variety of sheer fabrics as well as lace, sequins, ribbon and beads. I created the small decorative flower elements with gold lame and tiny buttons. The style of my garment was also influenced by my study of centuries of unique designs in women’s fashion.

Adrienne remains a presence in my life and the layers of the life experience she shared with me are reflected in the layering of my garment. I have been blessed with many wonderful women in my life including my Mother, Ruth Krebs and my Aunt, Anne Barbery. As my robe came together, I thought of them, their dynamic complex personalities, their joys and sorrows, and their triumphant spirits. They each used artistry in creating and living their lives and were “Queens” in their own special way. My robe honors the memory of all of them as they continue to guide me on my journey.

 

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