Friday, July 31, 2015


It's a bit early to be announcing the show but I just can't wait.    There will be about 40 pieces: art quilts, framed textiles/mixed media and prints by the five artists who comprise Confluence.   All the work focuses on issues of WATER.   This will be the fourth iteration of the show in the last couple of years and it just keeps getting better and better as new work is added.   Please consider coming to the opening on September 26 if you are anywhere near Redondo Beach, CA!  Or call to schedule a visit before November 16.

More Page Experiments

I was going to rust, organic dye, bury, etc., some more fabrics to get a really beat up surface appropriate for the abandoned pages.   Then I got an inspiration:  disperse dye.   Haven't done it in years.   I tried it on both synthetics and silk.   I like both but think it will be more permanent on the synthetics and more easily ripped up, burned and otherwise abused!  I liked the color on both fabrics and now will test the silk for permanence.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Texturizers #3

This is my contribution to the third set of the round robin exchange I'm involved with which includes 8 fiber artists.   Focus on TEXTURE.  I don't post the work of others so this is all I can display, but we are hoping for an exhibit when the entire 64 pieces are complete next year.  Stay tuned!


More Experiments

Here are 2 more results of the techniques I've been working with to create pages/ashes of old religious texts left to moulder when their readers were imprisoned, persecuted for their beliefs.  The series is beginning to come together.  I'm fine tuning the techniques and have cut several barbed wire screens to overlay.   The next iteration is going to be a bigger.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

3D Shibori

How much fun is this???   Dye transfer, wrapping and steaming.   Here they are before and after binding.

Burnt Page

Ink transfer onto release paper lead to serendipitous bleed and inspired a bit of heat around the edges.  This piece is too fragile to use in a resolved piece, but interesting and evocative.  It also gave me yet another idea to try.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Another Page Experiment

A completely different technique and completely different look.  Aged paper and torn bindings.   Stained beyond use.   Modern materials put to use telling an ancient story.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Work

After almost 4 years working on CHROMA where the 8 panels are 80" by 50" this new series is on a much smaller, more intimate and manageable scale.    I'm looking at books, time, wear, continuity and return.   Much dyeing is going on at FiberFly Studios in preparation.  Very exciting to be starting anew and watch the creation unfold.   This is the first experimental piece, a collage, no stitching yet.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Palme d'Or

Hollywood/Cannes - the bejeweled palm trees and glittering stars draw adoration to their balmy/palmy magical oases of the imagination.