Valerie Doran Bashaw, of Kansas City, Missouri, is a fiber/mixed media artist and fine arts educator. With a BA from Kansas City Art Institute and Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, she teaches studio art courses (Fiber, Design and Art History and Art Survey) at the college level, and works with senior citizens and special populations, in addition to summer classes at the Ghost Ranch.
A teacher for over thirty years, she is a curator and artist at Leedy Voulkos Art Center with a solo exhibition in March 2020. “I absolutely love to teach. To connect and inspire my students makes me so happy!”
Her artwork in Mixed Media Textile Design including silk scarves and wall hangings with a meditative Japanese aesthetic using techniques like shibori, tie-dye, batik, Japanese paste resist, and more. New work is rust printed, and embroidered with fine and metallic threads. Inspired by geology, geography and the weather, these pieces often are like regional landscapes. A large commissioned work was installed at the University of Kansas Hospital in 2011, and works are in public and private collections. “My work is quiet, often meditative, my intention is for you to sit with it, be quiet, and come into balance.” Find her at www.wovenwind.net