Sculptor Rio Wrenn has devoted the last 14 years of her art practice to rust printing and using natural dyes in her work. She combines her own processes with traditional practices from Japanese, Indian and Native American cultures and grows and harvests many of the materials she uses—plants, insects, rust, trees and berries—to dye her textiles. Her rusting process is an expression of the ephemeral and natural aging and decay in life.
Wren holds degrees from the Art Institute of Seattle in Interior Design, the Cornish College of Arts in Furniture Design, and received her BA in Interdisciplinary Art and BFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington. She proposes to create a collection of wearable garments combining couture with traditional sacred garments from other cultures.