29 Dec Chloë Hight
Chloë Hight (she/her/hers) was raised by the flow of the Columbia River and twisting white oak trees in the small town of Hood River, Oregon. Her first memories grew from spending endless hours immersed in the local landscape that have blossomed into a lifelong thread of creative inspiration. Chloë was called to study pottery and printmaking at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver British, Columbia, Canada and has been guided by many mentors along her journey. Her studies lead her to the small village of Teotitlan del Valle in Oaxaca, México to learn from Horacio Guitiérez, a woolen textile weaver and natural dyer. He generously shared his knowledge of cloth and how each plant, hand spun skein of wool, and steaming dye pot was an expression of the story of his people and their deeply rooted relationship with place. This experience influenced Chloë’s work profoundly and she began searching for ways to deepen her connection with the origin story of the creative materials she was using. Chloë returned to Vancouver, BC and began an apprenticeship the EartHand Gleaners Society studying under Sharon Kallis and Rebecca Graham to learn ways of growing and processing local plants for textile fiber, plant dyes, and basket weaving material. Chloë now lives in Portland, Oregon and is a visual and teaching artist and environmental educator. She works with local organizations to create opportunities for children and adults to build a deeper relationship with place through visual art and traditional hand technologies such as, weaving, pottery, plant dyeing, paper making, earth pigments, and more.