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NEWS:

Solo Exhibits:

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum

Meriden, New Hampshire. 
September 17 - October 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17th, 3 to 6 PM

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts

Brattleboro, Vermont. 
October 27 - November 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday October 27th, 5 to 7 PM

Group Show:

New Registrations

Curated by Rob Hunter and Mark S. Wascow
September 2 - 30, 2016
Frog Hollow Gallery
Burlington, Vermont


Artist Representation:
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts


Contact: mmratte@comcast.net

Ratté's Circle of Life: Artscope Magazine Article

"New forms of life bloom along those long-buried in Ratté's visions, fusing poetry with the pulses of evolution and endurance deep within the Earth.  "Escalier" (pictured here on the Homepage), a long corkscrew "necklace" twining around a spine of shell-beads, dangles effortlessly in mid-air like an underwater plant reaching for the sun.  Toruses of gilded cloth constrict ocean pebbles pierced by fossilized wormholes that wind their way upward along the core.  A double helix of sky-blue beads bubbles up in a twisted ladder toward the surface.  Below, a clutch of hollow brass bells fashioned from exploded bombs by women who survived the Cambodian killing fields drags the superstructure downward.  The darkness of human catastrophe is thus buoyed up by a regenerative lightness and light."  

- Elizabeth Michelman, Artscope Magazine, September/October 2016 Issue, Featured Artist- Ratté's Circle of Life: All That Glitters... 

Read a longer excerpt of the article here or download the entire article here in PDF format.

Vermont Magazine May/June 2013

"Breaking New Ground, Making Great Art", by Elayne Clift.

"Describing herself as a 'printmaker, assembler, and inventor of textile printing processes,' her work involves metal and mineral pigments, fabrics, sewing, and "nature-formed" objects such as stones and shells."

Vermont Public Radio

"For the pieces in this exhibit, she printed patterns of everything from lace to geometric shapes onto hand-woven Japanese silk, sewed it into imaginative forms and incorporated various natural objects. In this sculptural context, the silk can seem at once earthbound and ethereal, fragile and indestructible, modern and antique. Whether scrunched into showy Victoriana blooms around a tiny shell, pressed flat and adorned with coin-size metallic spirals or hung like giant ribbons from unseen fishing line, Ratté's innovations are crafted with an archeologist's investigative eye and a jeweler's intuitive hand."... 

This commentary by Anne Lawrence Guyon was written for Vermont Public Radio and aired on July 18, 2011.

American Craft Magazine, April/May 2008

 "The Hand Meets High Tech", by Marc Kristal

"...it's worth remembering that the advance of the arts has always benefited from industrial innovation.  So it was for the master dyer Joan Morris and printmaker Michele Ratté, whose collaborative exhibition object-a dimensional fabric featuring a shibori ground overlaid with a design formed from 23k-carat gold- owes its existence to the solution of an age-old industrial problem: that of permanently attaching layers of precious metal to a washable fabric..." 

EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION, RISD Museum Exhibition Notes, Spring 2008

Catalogue Essay by Joanne Dolan Ingersoll, Curator of Costume and Textiles, The RISD Museum.

"Artists Joan Morris and Michele Ratté have tirelessly pursued the art and science of permanently printing high-karat gold onto textiles; their thorough and thoughtful experiments are documented in Animation 4."

Surface Design Magazine, The Metallic Surfaces Issue, Summer 2005

"Golden Handcuffs-Two Artists Collaborate, Invent, and Incorporate" by Leesa Hubbell

"This evolving oeuvre, though described by Morris as 'unwittingly tsujigahana-esque" continues to strike this writer as the 21st century reincarnation of the most opulent textiles ever made.  They fully express Ratté's interest in rendering 'seen and unseen worlds' in shimmering cloth..."