Sunday, September 28, 2014

SAQA Star!

Blog Hop

I am part of a Blog Hop.  It simply entails letting anyone who checks my blog  see the answers to the questions below.  I was invited to participate by my art-quilting friend Deborah Stanley whose fine work you can see at  

Next Monday you will be able to see the answers to the same questions and lots of great artwork from Carol Larson at

And from Rose Hughes, fabulous artist and quilt teacher, at 

What am I working on?

• I've been working on Confluence and Gyres, series about water issues around the planet.  Confluence addresses the drought, lack of usable water, social problems resulting from women and children having to walk long distances to collect water, and the diseases which occur from tainted water.   Gyres considers the massive plastic garbage patches drifting in our oceans.  

• Additionally, because I love color, I have, since 2011, been working on another series: Chroma.  Chroma deals with the natural, historical, social, and textural aspects of color.  There are eight panels each 72” x 45” and the series will be ready to show by the end of this year.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My  “trademark” is the use of a wide array of fabrics, natural and synthetic, a lot of different surface design techniques and extensive handwork to create a richly textured surface.

Why do I create what I do?
Textiles are my chosen medium for sharing issues that I am concerned with because they provide me the opportunity to stitch which I find stunningly satisfying.

How does my creating process work?

It starts with a concept which I research.  Then I select the materials and the techniques that best express my ideas.  After that I put in the time, hours and hours of focused attention.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


"Cogs" is a finalist in the Infinity Art Gallery's online Fiber Arts Exhibit 2014.  Here is the link:    
I painted this 18" X 18" piece of home dec fabric then screen printed and hand stitched french knots.

Penultimate Module of Chroma: Brown

Burlap feed bags and rust

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Formulators #4

This is the fourth piece in the Formulators round robin.  The bean-like form occurs in all of the 3 preceding pieces in this series.  I hand-dyed the ground fabrics and hand stitched them in place.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fiber Fuber

Well, I went to pick up two of my fiber pieces at Peggy Zask's South Bay Contemporary Art Gallery today after they were up for a month and found that NO ONE on staff had corrected these wall tags!  This is why we FIBER/textile artists need to keep showing our work everywhere we can so no one walks by this silliness and thinks it's okay.    I doubt anyone would have allowed a tag to stay if paint was spelled PANTS on it.