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Meet the Artists: Leanne Coulter & Rhonda Davis and Roberto Rodriquez

Meet the Artists: Leanne Coulter & Rhonda Davis and Roberto Rodriquez

A brief introduction to the two of the 12 artists participating in the Art Sale and Fine Wine + Rare Spirits Auction

Leanne Coulter and Rhonda Davis

Leanne Coulter and Rhonda DavisLeanne Coulter and Rhonda Davis have a ‘true blue’ passion for their art as indigo dyers!   They create beautiful textile pieces working with natural dyes, primarily Indigo and Shibori design techniques.

They opened their Natural Dye Studio at the historical Mary Field School on Daufuskie Island in 2016.  In the past 6 years they have studied with textile and dye master, Catherine Ellis of Asheville NC; internationally renewed textile artist, curator, and researcher, Yoshiko Wada; Gasali Adeyemo, Yoruba Indigo artist from Nigeria; World-renowned dyer, phytochemist and botanist Michael Garcia; Jane Calendar, textile artist specializing in stitched shibori and most recently Leanne  returned from a workshop with Japanese artist Bryan Whitehead. They have been featured in local publications, most recently Hilton Head’s ‘Local Life.'

Inspired by the history of Indigo on the Island and in South Carolina, they are self-taught in the skill of harvesting the island’s wild indigo plant and processing to a useable natural dye. The process is so labor-intensive, it is a rare and wonderful occasion when a specialty piece is dyed in ‘Daufuskie Indigo.'

An exponent of sustainable, textile practice they ‘love the process of indigo dyeing, the connection to history, ancient and foreign cultures and the mythology and mystique that surrounds the process.'

Look for their work on Facebook and Instagram or drop by their Island Studio at the historical Mary Fields School on School Road.

Roberto Rodriquez

Roberto RodriquezSince 2013, Roberto Rodriguez has worked with wood constantly seeking to perfect the art of woodworking using unique techniques and always thinking “outside the box”. Roberto prefers being outside, rain or shine. He looks for the potential in especially unusual wood to reclaim often while walking his dogs and feeling the spirit in the Lowcountry maritime forests of our area. As a native of Argentina and Uruguay, he has always had an admiration of the great outdoors. He has lived in South Carolina for 19 years and became a US citizen in 2012. He is blessed to have the opportunities to work with a variety of types of wood with some of his favorites being Black Walnut, Sycamore, Pecan, Cherry and any type of driftwood, root or burl. He is “anti-tape measure” and believes that with a few exceptions, in nature, there are no perfect lines or perfect measure, yet everything is perfect. His signature pieces of work include free-formed, au natural, mostly functional art. In the short time that he has been working with wood, some of his pieces have found their way into many states in the US and European countries as gifts from recurring clients. 

Wild Wood Rescue &Designs Created by God, handcrafted by a son. 843.227.3746 •

Be sure to view both of these artists' work at the Art Sale and Fine Wine + Rare Spirits Auction benefiting the Haig Point Foundation on Sunday, November 10th!

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