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Troika Gallery Focuses On Alice Walker Troika Gallery, located in charming downtown Floyd, Virginia, is in its fifth year of business. Our street front location in the Station Building is the perfect site to showcase some of the South East’s best regional crafts. Troika enjoys the patronage of many local shoppers looking for that something special in the handmade realm, and tourists discovering this special little gallery in the mountains of Virginia. We exhibit woodworking, including furniture, glass, jewelry, ceramics, multi-media works and textile. We are very proud of the local crafts in the Appalachian region and feel honored to be able to expose them to customers through special shows featuring one or more artists. In this issue of The Floyd Magazine, Troika Gallery would like to focus on one of our textile artists, Alice Walker. Alice makes her home in an old apple orchard on a mountaintop in Floyd County, Virginia. Attracted by their beauty, she chose to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where family, raising children, creating a home, and work in the studio is central to her life. Alice’s mother designed and made most of her children’s clothes. She sewed, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, quilted, upholstered and more. She shared her love for textiles by teaching Alice and her sisters these art forms from a young age. When sewing clothing for herself as a teenager, Alice would often have ideas for fabric design. As a teen it was clear she was ready to create her own fabric designs.

Since 1989, while attending the Art School at Virginia Commonwealth University, she found her area of interest in fiber arts and fell in love with the Batik technique. In classes the prospectus was to introduce different layouts for repeat design when designing for industry. She liked the spontaneity and directness of the process. It allowed her to play and experiment with endless possibilities for pattern and color. Once she was introduced to batik and the handcraft movement, Alice had a model for a career in studio arts. She produces each piece in her home studio, and exhibits in galleries and juried fine arts and crafts shows throughout the Eastern United States. Artists, for more than 2500 year have used wax and dye to create patterns and images on fabric, a technique known universally as Batik. With brushes and a pen-like tool known as a tjanting, and wax, Alice hand-draws onto pieces sewn from silk, and then colors with fiber reactive dyes. The designs result from one or more layers of alternately waxing and dyeing. Finally, all wax note to self: is removed from the fabric and a raise garage doorbeautiful design is revealed. Alice approaches her work in a playful, before backing out. experimental way. She is inspired by the mystery and beauty of the natural world around her. We, at Troika hope you will stop by the gallery to see beautiful regional crafts and experience the sumptuous creations of Alice Walker. • 203 South Locust Street Floyd, VA 24091 • 540.745.8764

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Floyd Virginia Magazine is a small town publication designed, published and distributed by four talented individuals. Publisher, Luis Garcia...

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Floyd Virginia Magazine is a small town publication designed, published and distributed by four talented individuals. Publisher, Luis Garcia...