Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Held Harmless #15

Another one of the fairly small quilts (this one is 20" x 28") which point out those who made the Covid pandemic WORSE but will never be called out for their bad behavior.    I started making this series during the first Pandemic year, 2020.  There is at least one more piece to come. 






Sunday, October 31, 2021

Ai's Stools

 I dragged some friends to all 3 of the Ai Wei Wei exhibits that were in LA several years ago.   This photo was from the gallery full of LOTS of well used stools that Ai had collected from all over China.  I tweaked my photo to give it the rich color and then, once printed, added my stitching to rebalance the image, and I left some thread ends visible to emphasize the tattered nature of the stools themselves.





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Railing Venice Beach

 This piece is from a photo I took at the skate board park on the sand in Venice.    Wonderfully rusted bit of fencing.  I tweaked the photo, had it printed then stitched to emphasize elements in the image, especially the bubbling rust.





Border Wall Down

This is the installation of the piece I made last year.  It is rope bound with  mostly hand-dyed cotton and studio detritus.



Saturday, August 28, 2021

Summer Heat

 YIPPEE!   Summer Heat was juried into the upcoming Fiber Arts San Antonio exhibition - October into early November.   Check out all the hand stitching!




Saturday, July 10, 2021

Coffee anyone??

I have enjoyed a lovely workshop with Lorna Crane out of Australia.    Here are some of the fabrics I created with inks made into a 3D vessel - something she has pursued in great detail in her own art practice.










Monday, June 7, 2021

Paleo Cave Art

I haven't posted anything in the series I've been working on for the past 6 months as nothing is resolved yet.  Miles of rust-dyed osnaberg cotton and stacks of experiments, but I feel like I'm beginning to approach the deep dive so here's a (commercial fabric) micro version of one unit of a big wall piece, or 6.  Fosshape and needle lace and miles of hand stitching are coming into focus!    These are NOT cylinders but cave wall undulations.






Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Practical Brushes

Yes, these are the ones I made for Lorna Crane's workshop and then used!  The feather is my favorite. 




Monday, May 31, 2021

Inspired by Lorna Crane's Workshop

 Here are a few of the goodies I made as a result of taking this wonderful workshop. 






Sunday, May 9, 2021

So far behind

 I see that it's been months since I last posted.  CRAZY busy!!   Here are a few nibbles.   Bundles (By A Thread) and Wounded Sentinels.   More to come!





 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

KIRIGAMI

   This one is paper so holds folds well.    More trompe l'oeil???



Saturday, February 20, 2021

MINIMS

 During the worst of the pandemic in 2020 I obsessively hand stitched 6" squares.   Here we have a finished piece which includes 16 of them and some needle lace which ties them all together.  They maintain their individuality while speaking to each other across boundaries.






This trompe l'oeil piece fools the eye. 2D or 3D???

Shibori Dye Day also asks the viewer:  looking up or down?





Monday, January 18, 2021

Wounded Sentinels are GROWING

 I did a smaller version of this series in 2020 where the sentinels are <24".  But fires keep getting worse so Sentinels need to keep getting bigger.  This guy is close to 40" tall and I am working on several that are approaching 6'.  A bit daunting and physically challenging, but they tell the story dramatically.  



Kirigami

Tough to do in fabric.  This technique is meant to be made from paper which makes and holds a CLEAN fold.  Thank you Photoshop for making this one looked like it  worked!



Thursday, January 7, 2021

A Couple of New Items

I'm prepping for my presentation  Into the Third Dimension  and here are a couple of examples of Fosshape and Tyvek- based samples I created.

















Monday, September 21, 2020

LIFE RAFT EARTH

 This 27" x 32" raft is made of cotton rope of varying thicknesses.  I wrapped each"log" 3 times in strips of fabric and many textile oddments some of which were given to me by a number of textile artist friends.  So an array of hand dyed materials serves to protect the piece on its journey to salvation, or doom, depending on who is guiding its voyage.  Some serious engineering when into this; pliers, lei needles, upholstery needles and even a hammer were involved.






WOUNDED SENTRIES

These guys are inspired by the fires here in California and in many other parts of the world.  They are made from a theatrical material called Fosshape which hardens when heated and can be easily cut, colored and stitched.   The ones shown here are up to about 28" tall but in the next few months there will be cohorts as large as 5'.  Stay tuned!!  So far, 11 Sentinels have marched this way.   No fixed arrangement yet.  Wooden bases have been made by my friend Carol Segal for each to keep them upright as they weigh almost nothing.






MINIMS

These are 6" squares done on those days when everything else seems too much to handle.   To date there are 11, but I suspect there are more to come.   Printed on my home computer and hand stitched.  They are on felt which will Velcro to stretched canvas for display.  There's no fixed arrangement.  Some of the Minims are based on fragments of other artists' work, so bits of pieces.