Flo Rosenstock has lived in Amherst since 1995. Pottery was her first artistic medium, but in the last 25 years she has worked primarily in fiber – silk, felt, and paper. She strives to achieve unusual color, patterning, and texture in the materials she employs for her wearable and sculptural pieces. An important influence on the color and patterning aspects of her work is the Japanese tradition of Shibori or shaped resist dyeing. In this tradition, fabric is manipulated by stitching, folding or clamping so that only some portions are exposed to the dyes used to create color, and the interplay of dyed and un-dyed sections creates pattern. Regarding texture, Flo has been particularly inspired by the techniques of tight pleating developed by the Spanish designer, Mariano Fortuny. Fortuny’s methods were a closely guarded secret, but Flo attempts to re-create them using a device called a smocking pleater.