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.


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.