American artist Carter Smith's Shibori fabrics take tie-dyeing to a fabulous intensity rarely seen. Sometimes a designer just catches your eye not because his fashions were being shown at the latest haute couture runway show in Paris, but because you trip over one image of his clothing and you must find out more. Smith's pieces caught my attention just that way.
The process Smith uses is called Shibori, a traditional Japanese method of dyeing cloth by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing it.
His latest work is stunning, resonating the current bohemian and prairie fashion trends. So, why isn't Smith's work on those runways, anyhow?