Melissa Knight

Melissa

Knight

Luminescence

2020, Batik fabric on cotton, 11 x 14 in

$
225

Melissa

Knight

Luminescence I - IV

2020, Batik on cotton, 10 x 8 in

$
400

Melissa

Knight

Luminescence in Blue

2020, Batik on cotton, 10 x 8 in

$
100

Melissa

Knight

Two Trees

2020, Batik fabric on matte board, 14 x 11 in

$
225

Melissa

Knight

This Land (Vote)

2020, Batik fabric on matte board, 14 x 11 in

$
250

Melissa

Knight

Woven Stars (Batik)

2020, Batik Fabric, Dimensions variable

$
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Star Weaving Workshop - The One Million Stars to End Violence Project - Texas
Nov 21
2:00 - 3:30 PM

Join our virtual star weaving workshop for the One Million Stars to End Violence Project - Texas. This is the 2nd workshop for the Texas project. Visit the Facebook events page for more information about the project and supplies needed for the workshop. This is a family friendly event. Become a star weaver and join our Texas star weaving community.

LIVE STREAMpre-recorded
Studio Visit with Batik by Design Artist Melissa Knight

A studio visit with Batik by Design artist Melissa Knight. I will discuss my batik artwork and process. I will also talk about my community-based artwork and current community project "The One Million Stars to End Violence Project - Texas" that I am launching during the Austin Studio Tour.

LIVE STREAMpre-recorded
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Melissa Knight

About the Artist

I have been making batik art for over twenty years. I enjoy the process of batik (a wax-resist dye process), creating layers of color in the fabric and using it to create collage designs and weavings. I have recently been experimenting with creating larger artworks that highlight the many layers of color and luminesce of the batik fabric.

A large part of my artistic practice focuses on community art. During the Austin Studio Tour, I will be launching the One Million Stars to End Violence project - Texas. Started in Australia by weaving artist Maryann Talia Pau, the One Million Stars to End Violence project is an international community weaving project - inviting community members around the world to weave stars - symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence. We invite community members in Texas to join this star weaving community to make stars for the project that will become part of a large public engagement installation held in Summer, 2021 (date TBD). Join a star making workshop during the Austin Studio Tour to get started. To learn more about the One Million Stars to End Violence project visit onemillionstars.net.

Artist Statement

"I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." Georgia O'Keefe

I have been making batik art for over twenty years. I enjoy the process of batik (a was-resist dye process), creating layers of color in the fabric and using it to create collage designs and weavings. More recently I have been experimenting with creating larger artworks that highlight the many layers of color and luminesce of the batik fabric.

In early 2020, I was part of Thread Count, a group show dedicated to fabric art featuring the works of Steef Crombach, Rakhee Jain Desai, Magdalena Jarkowiec, Melissa Knight and Sara Vanderbeek Austin, TEXAS with fabric artists at Cloud Tree Studios and Gallery.

In recent years I have worked on community art projects. In 2017, I facilitated Interwoven Community Weaving Project at Rosewood Zaragosa Neighborhood Center. This project inspired me to continue to work on community art projects. In Spring, 2019 I collaborated with mosaic artist Ryah Christensen to work on the Community Quilt Mosaic Project.

During the Austin Studio Tour, I will be launching the One Million Stars to End Violence project - Texas. Started in Australia by weaving artist Maryann Talia Pau, the One Million Stars to End Violence project is an international community weaving project - inviting community members around the world to weave stars - symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence. We invite community members in Texas to make stars for the project that will become part of a large public engagement installation held in Summer, 2021 (date TBD). Join a star making workshop during the Austin Studio Tour to get started. To learn more about the One Million Stars to End Violence project visit onemillionstars.net.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr Martin Luther King Jnr