Sunday, September 2, 2018

Heat Pressed

   Started working on the composition for a finished piece now.   Slicing and stitching!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

On view at 76 Queen St. Gallery Sydney, Australia till Sept. 18

My piece is the last one in the lower right hand corner.   Please let me know if you attend and send photos!   The show will tour Australia for the next couple of years.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


 At this stage I like the back (wells instead of pooches) better.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Synthetics = Permanent Structure

Just spent a week at West Dean in Sussex, England, with Caroline Bartlett.   Amazing artist and great teacher (AKA "tutor' in the local parlance).  I don't have the  giant press nor the steamer, but have made due with an iimprovised steamer.   Here's the start of a project - just me and pie crust weights!!  Sublimation dye and LOTS of tying!


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

On a Whole New Topic . . .

Suddenly went wild for color and designed this piece.   No stitching on it yet as I'm waiting for its "big brother" to be delivered.  I'm going to see how it looks 40" wide instead of the present 30".   Just hoping all the detail remains clear.  Still not sure if this is the preferred orientation.


Alcatraz #6 is Done

This was done from a paper collage I made, photographed and had printed on canvas.    I also had it printed on satin so that I could provide shine to areas I wanted to accentuate.    Lots of hand stitching on the applique and throughout the piece, especially to set the black and while areas off against each other.  Not a lot of paint on this one since it has the applied satin.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


OOOOPS!!  Just noticed that Alcatraz I never got posted on the blog.  I'm working on the 6th piece in the series now.  My well Photoshopped photo from the prison printed, painted and stitched.   Water stains on cell walls and floor.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Alcatraz #5

A continuation of the  Incarceration series.   I took the photo (seriously rusted and weathered metal), Photoshopped it, sent it to be printed (thank you Spoonflower) and then began to work the canvas.  I painted using both oil and acrylic paints and plenty of inks.   Once I was happy with the color, I began to work with needle and floss, thread and lightweight yarns to emphasize the lights and darks. The light area on the lower left has been treated with 3 different kinds of sparkly paint.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Pond Algae!!

Yeah!   Real pond algae.  We pulled scads of it out of the pond in our garden and it is the most amazing fiber.  Gorgeous color, easily separated into strands.  This piece is a fish's view of the world above, or so I imagine.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Chroma Rehomed!!

This was a very special week at FiberFly Studios - my giant installation: Chroma (8 panels each 80" x 50")  found a permanent location at School on Wheels in Los Angeles.  With a grant from Elaine Lasnik Broida in support of the move, the pieces left Palos Verdes and are now happily installed in the headquarters of this fabulous nonprofit.  School on Wheels provides school supplies in backpacks and tutoring for thousands of homeless and foster children in Southern California.  The offices are now brightened by the arrival of Chroma.  To see the complete series including details, please go to

Here's the journey from storage to UP:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Alcatraz #4

Behind barred doors . . . this art quilt is based upon a photo I took at Alcatraz, tweaked in Photoshop, had printed.  Then I painted it to emphasize the contrast between dark and light areas and draw focus to the door panel.  I rusted a non-woven textile and appliqued it to the surface then did lots of hand stitching to highlight areas of the design.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


This is a piece I made several years ago and which resides at my friends' home in the Pacific Palisades in California. It is a mixed media tapestry which I wove, rusted and buried (and washed!).  I thought they created a lovely arrangement and wanted to share that.


Friday, March 2, 2018

FIRE: Santa Rosa

There will be lots of artwork this year in response to the horrible fires and mudslides that we experienced throughout the state of California.  This is my contribution.  I ice dyed the ground fabric then made the streamers which are the debris pushed about by the winds which drove the fires.  There's also underlying hand stitching to give greater depth and movement to the imagery.  I had family members who evacuated twice but, in the end, were safe.  Their community of Santa Rosa will not fully recover for years to come.