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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Floating Sea Tangle

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

Subterranean is the Name of My New Quilt

Hand dyed and printed cotton fabrics comprise the pieced ground.  Lots of hand stitching, french knots and running stitches hold it all together.  And the corded "worms" crawl across the surface. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Needle Lace

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

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Here I Come!

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

Amulets and Other Small Work at Hagafen Cellars

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!

Lascaux '21

My Urban Graffiti quilt, based on images from a skate park in London, a food truck on the Big Island of Hawaii and screens I made myself, is one of 15 juried into a Quilts on the Wall show now up at the South Bay Contemporary Gallery in San Pedro, CA.   Up till Nov. 26.  Give them a call before showing up as their hours vary.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Confluence Walk Through - A BIG Success!

On Saturday, October 15, I had the pleasure of leading about 35 visitors through our exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum.  The building is part of the restoration of the city of Lowell, MA, a former textile mill town.   There's a large shop downstairs and MANY lovely gallery spaces up.   We had about 30 pieces in the show and here you can get an idea of how it looked.    Curatorial Director Pam Weeks did a beautiful job of hanging the artwork.

A view through several exhibit spaces before the crowd shows up:

Listening to Pam and me explain the Confluence group and the exhibit:

Walking through the galleries:

Looking at our sample books: