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May 14, 2004 - Image 39

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One bite and you'll be hooked

"One of our region's
better little dining secrets."

— Danny Raskin

*** Detroit Free Press

2002" at the Center Gallery in
Detroit, "Limitless Visions" at
the Janice Charach Epstein
Gallery in West Bloomfield,
"Functional Sculpture" at the
Detroit Contemporary Gallery
in Detroit, "Without
Restraints: Reshaping Familiar
Forms in Fiber" at the
Birmingham Bloomfield Art
Center in Birmingham and
"Form Before Function" at the
Studio Jewell in Royal Oak.
"I think of myself as experi-
menting for the eight years I
attended CCS," says
Firestone, who terms herself a
minimalist. "I work with vari-
ous sizes of material. The only
thing that confines me is the
width of the fabric."
Taking on commissions,
Firestone has made designs
Arashi ("Rainstorm Pattern') shibori (detail)
for upholstery, curtains and
table runners. She has no
interest in coming up with fab-
ric for clothing.
The textile specialist, who was
confirmed at Temple Beth El, has
not completed any Judaica proj-
ects, but she has done one piece
to express her pro-choice convic-
tion. Working with velvet, she
made silk-screen images of wire
coat -hangers to represent danger-
ous choices before abortions
became legal.
Her piece, titled Never Again,
refers to a symbolic pin she had
years ago.
"In the '70s, I was given a pin
with a gold wire hanger that had
the-phrase 'Never Again,"'
Firestone says. "I recall that pin
with this fabric image."
Firestone hopes viewers
become involved with her work
as they look at it.
"I want people to enjoy the
Shibori on Gunma silk (detail), which lends
nuances
of the fabric and the pat-
itself to dramatic textural results.
terns," she says. "Silk allows me to
highlight techniques without
Oakland Community College. She
considered getting a . psychology degree compromising the subtleties of the
but instead sought a career in retailing. material." ❑
Twigs, an accessories store in
Birmingham, was her place of business
between 1983 and 1992.
Ellen Firestone's
"My store was like an art gallery," she
"Transformation" collection will
says. "Most of the inventory was created
be on display May 15-June 26 at
by people with a background in art."
the District Arts Gallery, 955 S.
Firestone, who works out of a home
Eton, Birmingham. Gallery
studio and defines shibori as a medita-
hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
tive process she pursues away from
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Opening
sounds and other distractions, has
reception: 4-7 p.m. Saturday,
shown her work as part of a number
May 15. (248) 258-9300.
of group exhibitions, such as "Textiles

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