Philadelphia artist Heather Ujiie creates large-scale fabric designs that are digitally printed on a series of hanging scrolls. Ujiie's imagery typically combines elements of realism and abstraction to create dream-like narratives that often depict scenes in nature. Her interest in nature stems from its universal accessibility, its beauty, as well as its metaphoric connotations to humanity. In this piece, Flight, she was inspired by 19th-century hand-painted prints of avian and botanical studies. Ujiie's process is a fusion of several methods including painting, printmaking, and digital media. Ujiie creates an original artwork, either a painting or drawing, then scans it and digitally alters it. Working from a handmade original allows her to achieve meticulous details and textures. The fabric is then printed using a state-of-the-art ink jet printer. This technology produces very large-scale prints and enormous color variations that otherwise could not be achieved with conventional techniques.
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