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This Saturday evening is the opening reception to Noah Newton’s Tie Dye Queendom, a new art show at The Coachella Valley Art Scene gallery.  The gallery opened in January 2014, and in it’s third show this will be the first solo exhibition.  Noah Newton is a young female artist who was born and raised in the Coachella Valley.
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Noah Newton’s first solo exhibition, Tie Dye Queendom, demonstrates that tie dye can push past fashion and into a respectable art form suitable for a gallery setting. 
Newton’s collection features the nostalgic spiral and traditional methods of Japanese shibori, while also highlighting her advancement into new age mandala folds combined with ice dying techniques.
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The Coachella Valley Art Scene
68571 East Palm Canyon Dr.
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-650-CVAS
6:00pm – 10:00pm
All Ages Invited
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noah newton tie dye the coachella valley art scene

INTERVIEW: NOAH NEWTON

on how she is building her tie-dye empire

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Photos by George Duchannes

www.psychdesigns.blogspot.com // @psychdesigns

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noah newton for the coachella valley art scene by george duchannes
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Hi, Noah.  Can you introduce yourself to The Coachella Valley Art Scene?
 Hi!  I’m Noah Newton.  I am 20 years young.  I was born in Indio, I consider myself to be from the Coachella Valley.  I am a tie-dye artist.
When did you start  doing tie-dyes and what was it that sparked your interest?    

I started soing tie dyes in High School around Sophomore year.  What really sparked my interest were the colors and being able to make your own designs with a new outcome everytime.
Do you remember your first design?
Yes, of course!  My very first attempt consisted of a peace sign on a t-shirt, a swirl on a dress and a pot leaf on a crop top – and they all came out perfect!  After that I was pretty much an addicted.  I was really impressed with the way it came out.  I still have them and wear them to this day.
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noah newton for the coachella valley art scene by george duchannes
noah newton for the coachella valley art scene by george duchannes
noah newton for the coachella valley art scene by george duchannes
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Was there a pivotal point that you can remember when you decided you wanted to take tie dying seriously or has it been an organic gradual process?
I never set out to take tie dyes so serious, it kind of just grew because of my family and friends.  They kept wanting my creations.  Then once they had one, a friend of theirs would want one.  I had so many people asking me for tie-dyes that it just kinda started turning into a business.
What I find most intriguing  about your work is the perfect symmetry.  Where do you even start in making that?
I get a visions of designs in my head of what I want to see and then I start my basic mandala fold, which is the start of all symmetrical designs.  I plot in my mind how to manipulate the fabric by folding, binding and compressing, then I attempt to make my vision come alive.
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noah newton for the coachella valley art scene by george duchannes
noah newton for the coachella valley art scene by george duchannes
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Your work is just as colorful as it is symmetrical.  Colors can be so influential to moods and feelings.  What’s your mind set when creating?  
When I’m creating my art work my mind set is never just in one spot.  I can actually see in the colors and shapes that I choose how I was feeling at the time of making the tie-dye.  Sometimes I’m stressed and it will come out sharper and darker, sometimes if I’m in a jolly mood it will be lighter and rounder.
That makes perfect sense.  So, to get in your “zone” do you have pre-tie dying rituals?
It’s all in the prepping process.  Somedays to get my “hype level” up to par, I blast loud music and hula hoop to get my blood moving before I start.  And sometimes, I even dance while tie-dying!
Do you have a favorite process to work with?  Why?
Indeed.  My favorite process is doing mandala folds.  The basic process has an endless array of possibilities.  You never know what your going to get.  It’s always turns out different, even if I went into it with something in mind.  My mind is blown away every time I open up my once flat to folded tie-dye to reveal the design.
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noah newton for the coachella valley art scene by george duchannes
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In less than a year’s timespan we’ve seen you go from t-shirts to large scale stretched tapestries.  What’s next?
I am going to continue making large scaled pieces, but on a whole new level.  I want my tie-dyes to go world wide and transition into the music world.  I see myself making psychedelic stage backdrops for musicians, bands and DJs.  I might even go for the Guinness World Record to make the largest tie-dye ever made.
What’s the most rewarding part about your work?
The most rewarding thing about making my tie-dyes has to definitely be the very end result, when I reveal what has come to be from all the work and prep I put in to get my finished product. The opening is like getting a new present everytime like on Christmas morning. It’s always something new.
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noah newton for the coachella valley art scene by george duchannes
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 What are your links on the inter webs??
     Instagram: @Tiedye_queen
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Thank you George for the wonderful photos:

George Duchannes

www.psychdesigns.blogspot.com // @psychdesigns

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