Naps & Nites Studio

Lorie S. Dorpinghaus
Wearable Fiber Artist

Lorie S. Dorpinghaus is a self-taught silk painter, wearable fiber artist, and owner of Naps & Nites Studio, who uses the process of Shibori, a centuries old Japanese technique of binding, folding, twisting or stitching fabric before dyeing, to create unusual patterns in the fabric according to the way it was bound and dyed. She started her business, Naps & Nites Studio, in the fall of 2000 when she had a one year old and a three year old, named for the only time she could work uninterrupted, during their naps and at night.

Currently, 20 years later, she still works many nights and is the one who needs the naps! She attends a few select art fairs every year and her work can be found in many fine gift stores and fine craft galleries across the United States. She has also created exclusive designs for catalogs over the years.

She uses her interpretation of the infinite styles of Shibori on silk to create her line of unique, elegant wearable art in the form of accessories, clothing and scarves. She works with silk as she is attracted to the luminous quality of silk, as well as the numerous different textures that are available. Color also inspires her and she tends to work both monochromatically, as well as using multiple color combinations or color ways.

Being completely self-taught in this medium has allowed her the freedom to experiment without constraints. She has been blessed to have been given this talent to create beautiful wearable art that is inspired by the beauty that surrounds us here on earth, as well as the women who wear her work. She has an intense need to create elegant art wear and it constantly amazes her what patterns emerge from the dyeing process!

She is currently exploring the process of discharging colored silk fabrics using Shibori, where she binds the fabric in any number of ways, places the fabric in a color removing solution to remove some of the color, rinses the fabric and then over dyes the still bound piece of fabric. The discharge process results in a “reverse” dyeing pattern with completely unpredictable patterning. The unique pattern is not completely revealed until the fabric opened and unbound and dry. She loves to finally be able to see the results of the Shibori process and likens it to opening gifts on Christmas morning! She is constantly amazed by the entire process and continues to seek innovative ways to use her dyed fabrics in her accessories and clothing designs.