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KVAL members to 'show and tell' at next meeting

Cher Ladford has been working with a process that involves eco-dying with plants and will share her experience at the next Kishwaukee Valley Arts League meeting on Dec. 5.
Cher Ladford has been working with a process that involves eco-dying with plants and will share her experience at the next Kishwaukee Valley Arts League meeting on Dec. 5.

Most people remember their early school years and the popular “show and tell” days when students would bring a favorite toy, collection, pet or hobby item to class to share with the other students.

Members of the Kishwaukee Valley Art League will revive this childhood experience at the Dec. 5 general meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hy-Vee club room, 2700 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore.

Members will bring art pieces in various stages of completion to show the progress. While some pieces might be recently completed, others will show the work in development. Artists working in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, fabric art, woodwork and gourd art will discuss the steps involved in creating their original piece.

Cher Ladford has been working with a process that involves eco-dying with plants and is eager to “cher” the experience at the meeting. Ladford said the process involves heat-treating cotton with alum, (which is a pickling agent) and then laying live plants over the cotton and binding them tightly to sticks. The bundles are then heat treated for a longer period of time. Ladford said that it is “so much fun to unroll the material and see what the plants can do.” She recently used this technique to create matching pillowcases for her home and was pleased with the result.

The general public is invited to attend the meeting and see the creativity that comes from the art league members.

KVAL is committed to the promotion of local artists and dedicated to the development of upcoming artists in the Kishwaukee Valley area. Hy-Vee and Waste Management are patron members of the organization. For information, visit www.kval-nfp.org.

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