Sunday, September 28, 2014

SAQA Star!

Blog Hop

I am part of a Blog Hop.  It simply entails letting anyone who checks my blog  see the answers to the questions below.  I was invited to participate by my art-quilting friend Deborah Stanley whose fine work you can see at  

Next Monday you will be able to see the answers to the same questions and lots of great artwork from Carol Larson at

And from Rose Hughes, fabulous artist and quilt teacher, at 

What am I working on?

• I've been working on Confluence and Gyres, series about water issues around the planet.  Confluence addresses the drought, lack of usable water, social problems resulting from women and children having to walk long distances to collect water, and the diseases which occur from tainted water.   Gyres considers the massive plastic garbage patches drifting in our oceans.  

• Additionally, because I love color, I have, since 2011, been working on another series: Chroma.  Chroma deals with the natural, historical, social, and textural aspects of color.  There are eight panels each 72” x 45” and the series will be ready to show by the end of this year.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My  “trademark” is the use of a wide array of fabrics, natural and synthetic, a lot of different surface design techniques and extensive handwork to create a richly textured surface.

Why do I create what I do?
Textiles are my chosen medium for sharing issues that I am concerned with because they provide me the opportunity to stitch which I find stunningly satisfying.

How does my creating process work?

It starts with a concept which I research.  Then I select the materials and the techniques that best express my ideas.  After that I put in the time, hours and hours of focused attention.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


"Cogs" is a finalist in the Infinity Art Gallery's online Fiber Arts Exhibit 2014.  Here is the link:    
I painted this 18" X 18" piece of home dec fabric then screen printed and hand stitched french knots.

Penultimate Module of Chroma: Brown

Burlap feed bags and rust

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Formulators #4

This is the fourth piece in the Formulators round robin.  The bean-like form occurs in all of the 3 preceding pieces in this series.  I hand-dyed the ground fabrics and hand stitched them in place.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fiber Fuber

Well, I went to pick up two of my fiber pieces at Peggy Zask's South Bay Contemporary Art Gallery today after they were up for a month and found that NO ONE on staff had corrected these wall tags!  This is why we FIBER/textile artists need to keep showing our work everywhere we can so no one walks by this silliness and thinks it's okay.    I doubt anyone would have allowed a tag to stay if paint was spelled PANTS on it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2 New Chroma: Brown Modules

Chroma: Brown Bark is entirely hand stitched.  Each small strip of fabric/yarn is hand stitched into place:

Chroma: Brown Hide

Paper Collages

Here are 4 paper collages I've done in the last 2 years.

                   Chroma Brown:


                  Chroma Purple:

                   Arctic Summer:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Australia Wide 4

I was lucky to have my piece, Gyres 6, juried into this touring exhibition.    The show will take place in multiple venues throughout Australia through 2016.   Ice dyed cotton and upcycled household plastics comprise the work.



This yard square piece of art cloth is a silk/cotton blend I painted with thickened dyes.  California is experiencing prolonged drought in recent years and flames burn through tree trunk terribly rapidly.   Bits of ash fly here and there.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Coffee Anyone?

This is the next module for Chroma: Brown.  I dyed these bamboo filters and am delighted with how fabulously they came out.  So much texture and interesting colors.  They are very "palm tree-y" which suggests all kind of interesting possibilities down the line.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I will be showing two pieces at the South Bay Contemporary Gallery.  Opening night is August 2 from 6-9 pm.   Ground floor of the Peninsula Center in the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California.   The show will be up until August 31.  Come on by!  Both of these pieces are entirely hand stitched.

 Golden Splat!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Another Chroma:Brown Module

This piece represents the ores and alloys made from the earth's mineral deposits: gold, copper, brass and bronze.  Lots of real metal and metallic paints on synthetic substrates in this piece.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chroma Browns/Earthtones

This is the beginning of the eighth and last piece in the Chroma series.  The first two modules are complete.  One is the texture module; each of the pieces in the series has one.  The other celebrates ethnic fabrics which are often dyed with natural earth pigments.

Texture Module:

 Ethnic Fabrics:

Rust on Timtex

Timtex is a sturdy, non-woven synthetic fabric to which rusting products have been applied.
This piece is 16" x 16".


Formulators Round Three

This is the third piece I did for the Formulators series.   This round has a title, March Garden.  Here is my response to the two pieces I received in this round.   When the whole series is complete we will post the entire adventure.  Meanwhile, enjoy my work!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Those who have been following this blog might remember that I started a tapestry on the big Shannock loom about three years ago.  My assistant Jessica, who has been working on it since day one (when she was 11), is still weaving away.   She and I have really been putting in the hours this summer because we want to finish before she graduates from high school in four years!  Have I mentioned that tapestry weaving is a slow and deliberate process?  And we don't have more than a few hours each week to work on it as we both have plenty of other things we need to do with our time!  Here are a few shots of our progress to date.

btw- We are weaving at 90 degrees to the finished piece so we are working from what will be the right side of the piece to the left.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mixed Media Workshop SUCCESS!

Here are just some of the techniques that the students experienced.

Burned-out painted felt

Painted paper and fabric Tyvek

Painted Wonder Under on cotton fabric

Rust on felt and cotton

Anna and Stephania