Back to work after the excitement of last weekend. I have finished the surface of the first of 2-3 Alcatraz pieces which come from photos I took last year when visiting the island prison to see Ai WeiWei's installations. What captured my attention was the coloration and texture of the peeling paint in the individual cells. A somber and impressive fortress...
After I adapted the photo, the work was printed onto canvas, painted with oil paint sticks and then hand stitched. The rough surface of the cotton canvas captures the feel of the peeling walls.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Just a few photos from the 3 hour event yesterday. There were scores of visitors, fun was had and sales were made. YIPPEE!! The show will be up through June 16 with an artist walk through and demo on June 3 at 3pm. The gallery is open daily so swing by if you are near LAX!
Friday, May 12, 2017
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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The next in the still unnamed round robin resulted from a trip to the glorious Hauser Wirth and Schimmel gallery in the Arts District in downtown LA. I was inspired by the Schwitter paper collages in neutral tones. Mine has various cut away areas and uses a wider array of materials than he did including metal screen, silk worm casings and many different fibers. It may become the initial piece in a love poetry and/or Shakesperean Sonnet series I've been toying with for a year or so. Who knows???
I am participating with five other textile artists in an as yet unnamed round robin. We meet bimonthly and visit an exhibit in southern CA where we see all sorts of fantastic artwork. This piece was inspired in part by a work from artist Barbara Murak which was on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA in a group show called the Box Project in 2016. She did a red needle lace vessel which glowed. My work uses a similar technique though quite different materials. Mine creates reds from magentas and rich oranges instead of USING red materials. Additionally, mine is created in waves as were several of the works in the original show as they needed to fit neatly into a 16" square box so were gracefully scrunched. Mine is intentionally rippled to honor those pieces which I saw with that effect.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Fire Log is a 3D piece 28" long and 6" in diameter. It is comprised of four layers: A heavy cardboard tube as armature, a cotton ice dye I did which pretty much glows, a layer of Angelina to add sparkle, and a web I created from cotton backed for commercial printing that I painted in an array of colors, sprayed black and then inked in silver. It started as a flat piece for the wall but cried out for dimension so here we are. My friend Steve Mandell, woodworker extraordinaire, is making a stand so the log can be cradled up off the pedestal.
Friday, January 20, 2017
This is the second iteration of the needle lace piece I did a few weeks ago. There are all kinds of great goodies embedded in the lace, lots to sparkle and add visual depth to the surface. Hand dyed silk "worms" squiggle about freshening the soil. I was debating stretching it on a frame but have decided to leave it a quilt for the time being. I ice dyed the ground fabric then over-dyed it twice to get the very interesting browns. The piece is about 34" long.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Though not accepted into the SAQA show H2O! (big mistake guys!), Floating Sea Tangle is a great big gorgeous 3D statement about the vast amount of plastic afloat in our oceans. I made it in collaboration with Laurie Bucher. We got help for the armature from our fabulous local Ace Hardware and with the photography from Jessica Brunnenmeyer. The piece will be in my upcoming solo exhibit (May-June) at the Branch Gallery in Inglewood, CA
Monday, December 19, 2016
Just learned that Smolder, a thickened dye painted and appliqued silk panel, will be at the Miami International Airport from mid July through mid October. It is part of the Art Cloth Network's Material Views traveling exhibit. Thrilled! Think of all the visitors who will be seeing art cloth...
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Undulating needle lace fabric I made from snippets of fabric, tulle, ribbon, yarn, threads, unspun silk and wool and anything else I could find around the studio in hot reds! The new fabric is 16" x 23" but has been dried and stitched in gentle waves so that it is now displayed at 16" x 16" and about an inch deep in places. This is a detail shot.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Gyres 10 has just been juried into the Evolutions exhibit in Golden, Colorado. The show will be up from January 23 - April 22, 2017. I stitched fabric onto the canvas substrate so that it pops off the surface then HEAVILY painted the piece. It is one from my Gyres series which deals with the ever-expanding swirling Garbage Patches in our oceans.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wonderful opening celebration on Nov. 6 at Hagafen Cellars in Napa. Beautiful autumn day, lots of happy imbibers and art appreciators. There are 23 pieces of my work up in the Barrel Building; they will remain into March. Note my helper: Aidan, my LYFT driver who jumped out of his car and spent an hour making the whole process efficient and fun!