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.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Daylily in Folsom, CA

No, not the prison!!   This is NOT part of that series.  A sweet local gallery.  This is a Northern California juried SAQA exhibit which has toured in Connecticut, too.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


The Alcatraz series, a subset of my recent work on Incarceration, is coming along well.  This piece is printed from a photo of another quilt of mine and then painted, stitched and appliqued to emphasize particular elements.  


Monday, December 25, 2017

Alcatraz II

This is the second art quilt created from a photo I took at Alcatraz.  Cracked and rusty drips on walls.  It is printed on canvas which I heavily embroidered - tough on the fingers - and appliqued with hand dyed threads and ripped fabric strips.  It is part of the  Incarceration series.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Brown - Needle Lace

Thrilled that I could get all these bits to become a strong, durable 48" fabric panel.  And the piece was just juried into Art Cloth Network's 2017 exhibit to tour for a couple of years.


Hand dyed fabric, scads of colorful fabric bits hand stitched over the surface, then the whole covered with hand dyed, somewhat unwoven cheesecloth.  Add French knots and surface stitching galore and there you have it!


Receding Figures I and II

RF I is an art quilt, and RF II is an installation and collaboration with my long time woodworker friend Steve Mandell. The pair reference the global refugee crisis, and how lost people are when forced from their homes.  These are tattered figures adrift in a landscape of the unknown: displaced, faceless to most, unsafe and without a place to rest and rejoin a community.    Human identity is deeply tied to place and without its anchor we are untethered.

Because the figures appear to be floating across the terrain we cannot know where they’ve come from, from what tribe, family, not even their age or gender.   We don’t know their aspirations, their strengths, what contributions they may make to the place where they land.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

All 19 of the Prison Cells are done!

I have added to my Prison series - 19 mixed media textiles.    There is a sampling here but my Behance Portfolio has the whole set with some detail shots as well.    Please take a look at

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Slide Show of Art Quilt Australia 2017

Check out this fabulous eye candy!!

My piece Joos is near the end as it's in ABC order by artist last name.


Friday, September 1, 2017

July 2011 - August, 2017

We celebrated the removal of The Tapestry from the loom with a small party and lots of bubbly.  Jessica Brunnenmeyer, my assistant since 2009, and I have spent 6 years on this baby.  There is still lots more to do for the finishing, but here's the fun of cutting it off the loom and a hint of what it will look like when complete next spring:


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Scraping Away

This quilt is touring with the Quilts on the Wall show Drips and Splatters through 2018.   I made the very large piece of needle lace and ice dyed the underlying fabric.  Took a bit of engineering but this is my Year of Needle Lace so I've been mastering the process.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

6 Pieces of Mine Delivered to Newport Beach, CA

 Come to the opening for the wearables fashion show/music and fun.  And/or come by during the run to spend more time with the 2D and 3D installations.  VERY cool work.  A gorgeous venue above the Pacific