Saturday, April 30, 2011

Flotsam II

This example of my contemporary embroidery is done on green felt. It has been foiled, stitched, appliqued with yarns, metals, Tyvek, etc., then burned out to add a more random, organic feel. It is about the odd beauty in the orphaned items which wash up onto our shores and into our waterways.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Building Blocks

Here's a piece, Building Blocks, which hasn't been posted yet. Seemingly miles of novelty yarns zigged to a sturdy ground then layered and bound!


This is an "art quilt" but it is really about the surfaces. The underlying layer - salmon colored - is a piece of art cloth which I created by dyeing and over-dying with several mechanical resists (sort of crude shibori). Then I printed/painted and foiled it. The over-layer is black felt onto which I applied painted WonderUnder. I foiled that surface and then adhered a large piece of scrim I'd dyed. It is all quilted onto batting and a backing to stabilize the piece. I'm going to make another one using just a version of the top layer as I love the way the light plays off the foil on the otherwise very absorbative ground.

Monday, April 18, 2011


This is the sixth quilt in my Hot Winds Series: Brickfielder. The unusual name comes from the fact that this searing wind blows the red dirt from the Australian Outback (Bight) into towns to the south, covering everything with a thick, brick-colored dust.

Friday, April 15, 2011

My Quilt Goes to FRANCE

Wood Cells, which is part of the SAQA Art Meets Science exhibition, is BACK in Europe! It is at Quilt Expo Beaujolais in Graves sur Anse this weekend. Wish we could all be there sipping some of that fine French wine and enjoying the show!