Friday, September 28, 2012


I've started on a piece, not part of Chroma:Blue, which is about textures.  I've been hand stitching all week, layering and layering fabulous bits I've created to give this piece some serious dimension.  I'm nowhere near finished but thought it would be fun to post.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


This is the beginning of a series on water, on a year devoted to water issues.  The United Nations has declared 2013 the Year of Water Awareness and I am celebrating by focusing work on this area of extreme global impact. I've started benignly with this piece.  Much more to come.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blue Garments

The second module of Chroma:Blue is now complete.  That 19th century heavy weight cotton de Nimes  (denim) certainly has legs!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Start of Chroma:Blue

I've been researching the color blue for several months taking notes and thinking.  Over the last couple of weeks I've started laying out the modules and just last night finished the first one.  It was supposed to be simply the texture/color range one but has morphed into a sort of sea creature so I may add a few shells eventually.  The underlying element is a weaving I did, and then I stitched all over it to integrate it into the ground fabrics.  Of course I dyed all the yarns and other texturing materials.  It's heavily embroidered and appliqued, and I made the fabric beads.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Integrating the Paradox

Sirocco from my Fierce Winds series will be on exhibit at ArtQuilts XVII in Chandler, Arizona,  from Nov. 2- January 19.    Swing on by if you are in the vicinity!

Trash in the Schuykill River

I've been playing around with some images I took the day after a massive flood of the Schuykill River in Philadelphia a year or two ago.  The photos illustrate the amazing extent of the damage, and the piece I'm experimenting with could become my submission to the Art Cloth Network's annual juried show.  Here is one of the photos of the detritus trapped at the river's edge and a bit of the experimental piece.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

All Done!

Jacob's Ladder is finished.  My brilliant framer (Colleen at Kathy's Gallery in Torrance) has built a wooden armature for it so that it now can hang on the wall without concern for becoming wonky.  Of course I need to have a box built for it so it can be mailed off to Minneapolis in December for the exhibit. 

I am very lucky that Naomi Guttman, a poet who is in the process of writing an epic poem which features, among much else, a textile artist, will be providing the sound track - YES, really, which will add an auditory experience for the viewer.  She will be writing about Jacob's story.  The show will be on view in January and February in Minnesota, details to follow as the time approaches.