Sunday, October 26, 2014

Galactic Dance #3

I created this is a richly dyed, printed, painted surface that I finished with water soluble media.  I made the needle lace X's on water soluble material which I washed away after the stitching was done (I added a bit of paint to the X's to complement the ground fabric).  I finished it with some invisible quilting stitches.


Bruce Hoffman rejected Sparks last year when he juried the Art Cloth Network's annual challenge.  Boo on him.   I love the piece and just sold it!!  Silk, two layers dyed simultaneously with the same fold pattern.  They look very different as they are completely different kinds of silk.   I added embroidery and a light sprinkling of foil for sparkle.  Hope it's happy in its new home.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Roiling Waters

Roiling Waters displays the chaos in the oceans' gyres (garbage patches).  Upcycled plastics and a panel of bubble-wrap are some of the items found adrift in our seas.

Dissolution (Rhomboid)

Dissolution is a reconfiguration of seven of my former quilts - recycled!

Night Ride

I'm sitting in my hotel room in Honolulu looking out on Waikiki Beach.   It's 2 AM on a moon-lit night and there are scores of surfers enjoying the ride.


My quilt Juarez, which was banned at the United Nations, was on exhibit at Oasis in Palm Springs, October 2 - 4.  It is part of Solar Sister, a touring exhibition on the topic of energy's impact on women's lives.  The underlying image is a map of the border between Juarez and El Paso.  The piece honors the women who work in the well-lit American factories who walk home in the dark.  Many face rape and even murder in the unlit streets of the Sonoran Desert.   


Finding White

Finding White is a small quilt which is being donated to the silent auction for the international charity, Women Like Us; a very worthwhile cause.

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!