Riversnake: Killing me with Color

Riversnake: Killing me with Color

Artist: Constance Collins

Title: Riversnake: Killing me with Color

Attribution: Riversnake: Killing me with Color; 2021; Constance W. Collins

Year: 2021

Materials: Upcycled handwoven silk, alpaca and bamboo fabric and yarns

Dimensions: 16"w x 19.5"h

Image Statement: In this piece, I address the damage to our environment by the textile and fashion industries in which I have worked. These industries have destroyed waterways throughout the world, leaving individuals without any clean drinking water and physical ailments. I use my original handwoven fabrics as a metaphorical ground around the yarns that create the river. The river begins clear at the top of the piece but gradually changes color, reflecting the accumulation of chemical dye runoff from the textiles produced to meet the demands of fashion consumers.