Bette Levy - Artist's Works


I am primarily a hand embroiderer and use vividly-colored silk thread almost exclusively. This approach intensifies thread colors and sets up strongly contrasting figure-ground relationships.  I have developed a personal language of stitches that enables me to "paint" or "draw" with thread on fabric. My artwork is based on my photographic studies that I abstract and manipulate to emphasize seemingly inconsequential structures.  I am interested in textures and patterning, and how to give form to structures through the layering of stitches and use of color.


My more recent work includes crochet on rusted vintage farm and other tools, as well as free motion embroidered quilts that incorporate wax resist and discharge dyeing processes.  An upcoming show in January 2013, Natural Inclinations, will feature walnut ink-dyed arashi shibori, rust-dyed pieces with hand stitching, and faux calligraphy appliqué.


I am a founding member of LAFTA (Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists), a past member of Fiber Forum, an arm of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, a past vice president, board member and Kentucky state representative for the Surface Design Association, and a member of numerous other textile, arts, and community organizations.  I have written articles for Surface Design Journal, Arts Across Kentucky, and other professional journals. In addition to being represented by PYRO Gallery, I am the director of the Patio Gallery at the Jewish Community Center in Louisville, KY.