Friday, January 27, 2023

Tomato Cage

Usually I put only images of finished work on my blog, but I'm so happy to be back in my studio for the first time since December (thank you EMERGENCE, my solo show in Long Beach) that I just can't resist showing the first third of the new piece.  It will be about 30" tall.  More cheese cloth is in the rusty dye bath getting ready for tomorrow.  The rusty tomato cage is the armature. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023


Some images from the opening at the Long Beach JCC atrium gallery.  January 2023.  The show is up through January so stop by if you're in the neighborhood!  It's open 7 days/week from 6 am to 6 pm.

Monday, January 9, 2023

Exhibit Announcement

 Please come on down to Long Beach to see my solo show any time in January.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

End of Year Catch Up

 I'm going to throw a lot of recent work up as I need to catch up on posting.  I'm prepping for my show, Emergence, at the Alpert JCC in Long Beach, CA,  so haven't kept up with much else - It opens 1/3/23; the opening event is 1/8 from 2-4, but the gallery is open 7 days/week from 6am - 6pm so hop on over any time.  (Take a look at for a LOT more new work! as well.)

Bound Geometry Square:

My 12 Cycles Pieces will be on view at the Contra Costa College Gallery in N. California February-March 2023:

2 New Held Harmless Pieces #16 and #17:

Some work I did in Jane Dunnewold's spackle workshop this year.  Yup, that's real dirt on the square ones!  So much fun.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Wounded Sentinels Update

 I started making Wounded Sentinels during Fire Season in California in 2020.  I have been making them with   some regularly ever since building an expanding collection of about 20.   They range in height from 10" to 7'.   Fosshape is the primary medium.  It holds its shape when heated.  Each piece was created over a form from toilet paper rolls to giant tubes used to form cement.  

Recently, I have been going back into some of the earlier ones to add more "ashes" to their outsides.   All kinds of studio detritus serve as ashes which I hand stitch in place.  These will be on display in my solo exhibition, as yet untitled, in January in Long Beach, CA.  Stay tuned!!

From Deborah Weir 

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Who'd a Thunk??!?!!

"Congratulations! Your quilted art, Murano was selected by Fiber Art Now’s juror Nancy Bavor for first prize in the upcoming Excellence InQuilts exhibition. Murano will be acknowledged with a gold 1st prize ribbon on your page in the fall issue of the magazine due out October 1. A check for $300 will be mailed to you at that time."

Well that is a thrilling surprise.  There's a 3D surface representing peeling paint.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

CA101 Write Up

 Opening this Friday in Redondo Beach, CA.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

In the San Diego area?

 If so, please come by to see this exhibition.  I have had 2 pieces from my held Harmless series juried in.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Pendules: Open Basket #1

 Here's another in the 3D series I call Pendules as they all seem to be hanging.   This one is about 28" long.   I consider the shadowsan essential element of     the piece.

Australia Wide 8

The show with my piece AB Ex Next Generation is beginning its 2 year tour around Australia.  Check out this short video of the exhibit. 

Saturday, July 2, 2022


 Helmut is one in the on-going series of PENDULES.   Bound and wrapped.   About 26" long.  Cording inside and LOTS of dyed cottons and other random fabrics.  It was created over an old bicycle helmet as an armature which is no longer required as the piece holds its shape without it now that it is completed.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Excellence in Quilts

MURANO was just juried into Fiber Art Now's biannual exhibit: Excellence in Quilts.  I'm so pleased!!  I was inspired by a photo I took while in Murano, Venice, Italy, of a gorgeously rusted metal fence.  Irresistible!  The piece has a 3D surface to indicate the rusty, peeling paint.

The image will appear in the Fall edition of the journal and, I hope, tour a bit into 2023.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Good time to share some good news from FiberFly Studios!

The following 3 pieces are on view:

Held Harmless #6 is at the Blue Line Gallery in Sacramento
in the SAQA Northern California regional exhibit called Forever Changed.  
I made a paper collage, had it printed then hand stitched to connect and emphasize elements of the design.

Shibori Dye Day is a trompe l'oeil piece I made from a photo I took, then I made it pop in Photoshop.  It does fool the eye as it has a REAL shibori piece on the surface and no one knows if the blue is the indigo dye bath or a reflection of the sky.  It's on its way to Visions in San Diego.

AbEx Next Gen was just accepted into the Oz Quilt Network's biannual traveling exhibition.  It will tour around Australia into 2024.  This is the "next generation" of a large mixed media piece I made several years ago.  I photographed a small section of it, tweaked it till it came back to life, and then printed and hand stitched it.