Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Art Cloth Network at the Miami International Airport

That's my piece Smolder on the left in the center photo - part of my art cloth ON FIRE series.  It's dyed in the bright oranges and reds and then thickened dye painted for the black areas.  It has bits of dyed gauze representing ash.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Here's the postcard/announcement for the Oz Quilt Network exhibit

Please share with anyone you know who might want a reason to go to Tassie this fall (their spring!).  Yup, that's Jools in the photo!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

On Its Way to Tasmania

My piece Jools will be up at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania, (that's Australia, y'all!) through October as part of the OzQuilt Network's Art Quilt Australia biannual juried exhibit.   So pleased to be included!


Monday, July 10, 2017

My Alaska Workshop

My workshop on July 5 was a great success.  The small town (250 permanent residents) of Cooper Landing, Alaska, welcomed me with 20 creative and energetic ladies signed on for the session.  We did dye transfer onto silk scarves (shown), the crazy wonderful Eternal Scarf which can be turned and turned to show its various sides, and I included a needle lace demo.  Great fun!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

More Great Pix From My Opening at the Branch Gallery

Thank you BETH SHIBATA for these terrific photographs!   Not only has my show been a wonderful experience and huge success, but the gallery itself just won the award for Best Art Gallery in Inglewood, CA.    Kudos!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Walk Through and Demos at Elemental at the Branch Gallery

Great turn out of interested and interesting visitors who learned how to do needle lace and to make an Eternal scarf.  We walked around and talked about all of the pieces in the exhibit.  2 hours of fun!!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Alcatraz #1

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

Branch Gallery Opening

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


Pieced and appliqued, this smallish quilt uses some of my favorite colors.   While there are some commercial fabrics there are also a lot of my hand dyes and screen prints.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Elemental - Solo Exhibit

The exhibit is open daily.  Please swing by for one of the events or just for a visit as it suits your schedule.  There are over 40 pieces of my work in this lovely space.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hereford, TX 1944

More on Burri, abstract mixed media expressionist artist extraordinaire.  He used burlap and other crude substrates that were available.  His work reflects the West Texas plains where he was incarcerated.


Hereford, TX 1943

Alberto Burri, prisoner of war, spent 1943-1945 in Hereford, Texas.  This is where he became an artist at the age of 26.  This piece is the first in a series of work on prisons.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Page 76

Down Under Textiles, the BEST Australian fiber art oriented magazine, just surprised me with the following.   Can't wait to see the paper version.  Thanks OZ!!  (Click on the image to make it bigger.)

Monday, February 20, 2017

4 Random Pieces

 I thought I'd be submitting images of four pieces to Oz Quilt Network's updated member section.  Turns out I have to pay for more than one so I'm putting them here instead!  Think I'll send Pick Up Sticks as the one (free) to represent me this time. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Round Robin #2

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???

Round Robin #1

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

 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.

Art Quilts at the Branch Gallery in Inglewood

My piece Lascaux '21 and a couple dozen additional art quilts made by Quilts on the Wall members are in this exhibit I co-curated.    The gallery is at 1031 W. Manchester Bl. #3 Inglewood, CA.  In addition to the opening event there will be an artist walk through on Feb. 18 at 3.    The gallery is open daily till 7 and is adjacent to a great yarn shop.  Come for the art and stay for a beer tasting at 3 Weavers Brewery next door!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Subterranean II

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.