Thursday, February 19, 2015

This Just In . . .

I just learned that three of my Fierce Winds quilts have been accepted into an exhibit called Climate Crisis: Solutions at the Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois.    I'm so pleased as this is not a textile show so it was a bit brave of them to take the work.   If you are anywhere near Chicago between March 20 and May 2, please stop on by!

Writing on the Wall

Here's a piece I recently finished for a Quilts on the Wall challenge.   The theme is graffiti and my piece us called Lascaux21.   Much of it is from photos I took at a skate park in London; other bits are pix I took of an array of scribbled writing on one of the shrimp trucks on North Shore Oahu.  Then I cut some screens with my OWN tags.  Can you find them???  After all the printing I both embroidered on it and appliqued "peeling paint" made from fabrics I painted heavily with oil paints and which took AGES to dry.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Gyre 10

This is a painting on layers of ripped, stitched commercial fabrics made by me and my nephew - Alex Shirwo, an artist in his own right.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lucky ME!!

My art quilt Haida Waters is featured on the OzQuilt Network's Portfolio site - see lower right hand corner.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sneak Peek

The eight panels of Chroma are now entirely finished.  They are at the framer (Kathy's Gallery in Torrance) awaiting delivery to the photographer, but I couldn't wait to show off even these snapshots.  They are all 80"  tall and about 50" wide.  I'm the proud mama after 3.5 years!  Of course I'll post the great professional shots when they are done in a couple of weeks.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Two Thing I Don't Normally Do

First:  I don't often post work by other artists, but I was at the Honolulu Museum of Art last week and saw an amazing fiber exhibit.  Much great work, but the knock out piece was this one by Ann Page - no longer active;  paper, ink and stitching.  This is a detail, but the overall work was about 5' square.

Second:  I don't often post my travel pix as this is an ART blog, but we were at Pearl Harbor where the USS Iowa is still bleeding oil into the sea.   I need say no more.  (Then one irresistible shot of North Shore Oahu just because!)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Last Formulators Piece

This is the sixth and last in the round robin series I've been involved in.  The goal was to make a response to the FORM of each of the generated pieces in ANY fiber medium and technique.  This one is in response to a piece done by Susan Willen a year ago!  They are all to be framed at 12" square.   It's been a blast to do.  If you have an opportunity to participate in a round robin say YES!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Gyre 9

This is a large piece of ice-dyed fabric that will become the background for another Gyre quilt (images from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch).  Ice-dying is done by resting a scrunched up piece of white soda soaked fabric on a screen, dumping a big bag of ice chips onto it, and then sprinkling lots of dye powder over it all.  After 24 hours, the ice is melted and the dye has formed serendipitous patterns in the fabric. 


Tektites are tiny colored glass particles which naturally occur in the universe and are tossed en masse during extraterrestrial collisions.  Debris fields of tektites have been found on most of the earth’s continents.  This piece is made up of hand-dyed silks and then beaded with scores of tiny glass beads which mimic a debris field.  It is framed in wood just as the glass bits would find their way into a natural resting place on earth.


Coalescence III is a fine art textile made by blending the edges of various cotton fabrics using a dry felting machine called an embellisher which tears up the edges of each piece thus intermingling threads to merge the colors.  There is almost no stitching used for the technique.  A large object, comprised of many elements, whirling through space, might appear from a distance to have its surface details melded together in just such a way.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

D-Dub APP Quilt

Some of us here in Southern California were invited to make an APP Quilt which represents aspects of our personalities.  The idea is that if you push the button you learn more about me.  Color, texture, movement and that fabulous technique I invented using the embellisher - dry felting machine - which requires NO thread.  The technique is durable and excellent for blending one fabric into the next - no hard edges within the design; I do like innovating!  I put it all on an edgy urban ground fabric onto which I printed more to complement the commercial design.   D-Dub will be on display at Road To California, the large quilt show in Ontario CA, which is on in late January. 

Kites Landing

These are two of three kites in a series I made decades ago and which have been on the wall at my friends' house.  They are now retired (yea, both the kites and the friends)!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My piece WALKABOUT is on view


                                                      Come by if you're in the hood!
                        Go into the library and ask for the key to get you into the gallery.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


I used matte medium to laminate printed paper to antique linen.  I then scraped some of the paper away revealing the fabric underneath and used water soluble media to color the pieces.


Behind Bars:


I used water-based paints on silk to create the background and then applied ink and stitching.

The Stars

This is my contribution to round five of the Formulators round robin.  Guess who the stars are.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Galactic Dance #3

I created this is a richly dyed, printed, painted surface that I finished with water soluble media.  I made the needle lace X's on water soluble material which I washed away after the stitching was done (I added a bit of paint to the X's to complement the ground fabric).  I finished it with some invisible quilting stitches.


Bruce Hoffman rejected Sparks last year when he juried the Art Cloth Network's annual challenge.  Boo on him.   I love the piece and just sold it!!  Silk, two layers dyed simultaneously with the same fold pattern.  They look very different as they are completely different kinds of silk.   I added embroidery and a light sprinkling of foil for sparkle.  Hope it's happy in its new home.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Roiling Waters

Roiling Waters displays the chaos in the oceans' gyres (garbage patches).  Upcycled plastics and a panel of bubble-wrap are some of the items found adrift in our seas.