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Island artist featured in ‘Complex Threads’

Donna Lee Dowdney, fabric artist on Bainbridge Island, will be one of the featured artists in the “Complex Threads” exhibit at the Schack Art Center.

The exhibit, a collection of advanced student work from the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts in La Conner, runs through Feb. 16 and shows experimental materials pushing the boundaries of contemporary stitch and textile art.

Dowdney’s fabric art piece, “Spirals at Play,” reveals spirals gyrating playfully as they bounce between encroaching regularity and chaotic intrusions. Her invented biological microcosm zooms in on life’s rhythmic dance.

Materials she used in the composition include silk cords, cotton, shear fabrics, diverse threads, Angelina fibers, yarns, beads, net and ribbons.

Her techniques included dying, painting, free-motion embroidery, dense automated stitching, machine lace, cutback applique and cable stitch.

Other examples of her fabric art appear at

The art center is located at 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett.

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