Friday, June 17, 2016

Interludes #2

This is the second piece in a series that is currently handing at the Salmon Falls Gallery in Shelburne Falls, MA.

A large component of all the pieces in the series was taken from a montage I made from the results of a days work of monotype prints using a gelli plate and leaves. The prints were made on muslin so the cream color-way came from that. I also digitally printed on cotton sateen and silk organza the images below. The first is a simple sketch and the second is from a page in my art journal.

Below are the details shots. 

The techniques I used were image transfer, monotype printing, direct painting, drawing, machine free motion stitching, hand embroidery and stenciling.

The materials I used were textile paints, Golden fluid acrylics, pan pastels and acrylic markers. I also used pearl cotton embroidery floss and hand over dyed wool fat quarters from Weeks Dye Works.

Don't forget to click on the images for a larger view.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Ladies Lunch at My Mother's

Today I have come to my mother's condo to help her prepare for an elegant Ladies' Lunch. My mother has exquisite taste and wonderful neighbors. It is always a joy to look at all her lovely dishes and her vast library of cook books!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Opening Reception / New Work / New Studio!

The opening reception for my one person show was great fun. Of course all my family and supportive friends were there as well as some new people from the gallery. Because I am the picture taker in my family, and because I forgot to ask someone else (ie. my son) to take photos of the event there are none to share! So funny and I am totally fine with it.

One thing that was really special for me is how many people felt that the overall feeling of the exhibit was calm and peaceful. As many of you already know the show was a tribute to my father and my time of grief over this past year since his death. If you want to read more about that click here

There are six pieces in the show. I'll start sharing them in this post, but will use subsequent posts to share them all. Except for one triptych they are all called "Interludes."

Here is "Interludes #1" along with some detail shots. Remember to click on the image for a larger view.

40.5"w x 12"h

The materials I used were commercially dyed raw silk, hand over dyed wool from Weeks Dye Works, Pearl cotton embroidery floss also from Weeks Dye Works, Golden Fluid Acrylics, Montana Acrylic Markers and Jacquard Textile Colors fabric paint. I also digitally printed one of my drawings/paper collages onto Fabrisign cotton sateen and silk organza. The center panel is needle felted along with hand stitching and machine free motion stitching throughout. Many of the images were mono printed leaves on muslin using a home made gelli plate.

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The image above is how it all began. This is a collection of leaf images that were either mono printed and/or digitally printed then layered and fused to a piece of muslin. The overall dimensions were about 45" square. Here you see it stretched on my hand quilting frame. I did most of the hand stitching first, then cut the piece apart to form the 5 pieces in the show.

Another great bit of news is that we have started building my new studio!! It will measure 28" x 40" and will include high ceilings, a painting/dyeing area, a dry area for sewing and a storage/office loft space. Over the last hand full of years my work has been progressively getting larger. Since I have totally out grown my current space in our walk-out basement, I am so looking forward to a big open space. Just the thing my work needs to propel it forward!

I will also be teaching very small group classes and workshops in the new space. This year will more then likely be the last year I teach in other locations.

To get started we had to bring down four massive pine trees. My husband loves pine trees. So we have allowed many of them to grow very tall right next to our house. Bringing them down was an amazing thing to watch. However, truth be told I didn't watch for much of it. But the guys from Jim's Tree Service were nothing short of amazing!

To get into the property they had to drive their trucks around the back of the house next door and down a path through the woods.


Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"

Saturday, April 30, 2016


In the late spring of 2015 I helped to care for my dear father as he made his final journey from life here on earth to the unknown world beyond. The loss was a great one for me.

“Interludes” is a collection of works that speak to the moments of understanding and peace that came to me in between the crushing and painful bouts of grief. Over time and with patience I have come to see the dark, hollow of grief pale in comparison to the vision of all he gave me.

My Dad and I shared a great love for the complex beauty of the New England landscape. The imagery in these works was taken from the time I spent over the past 12 months wandering the woods near my home in search of the meaning of life and love.

Saturday, May 7
4 pm - 6pm

If you are in the area please join me!

Click here for the gallery website
and here for directions

And just to tease you here are a few detail shots of some of the pieces:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Recent Art Journal Entry

This is a copy/paste from my art journal blog. I thought I would post it here too.

My last entry in my art journal was February 21 of this year. On February 24th my dear father was diagnosed with primary liver cancer. Since then much has happened in my life. I've been teaching, visiting colleges with my youngest son, welcoming my middle son back from a semester in India, visiting my father in Boulder, CO, attending the commencement ceremony at University of Maine that presented him with an honorary doctorate degree for his work establishing Hospice care in the United States. I gave the keynote speech at the Michigan Hand-weavers Association's conference at Hope College. And alongside my step mother I helped my father step over to the other side. Since June 16th I have been grieving. They tell me it will take a long time before I can even begin to not miss his weekly phone calls, his stories of the past and predictions for the future, his advise, his care and his love.

But I can start to step away from the darkness by making an art journal entry and posting it here to share with you.

This spread started when I decided to try using one of my detailed stencils with pan pastels. It worked so much better then I had thought but of course it changed and morphed in such a way that those initial images are now completely cover.

This is the stencil I used. For materials I used pan pastels, Golden fluid acrylics, pages from an old telephone book and a Montana acrylic paint marker. The paint marker is new to me. I only bought one to try it out. So hence the blue lines. I loved using it and love the results.


Full page spread

Don't forget to click on the images for a larger view and thanks for looking. I am thinking that because each individual page I make goes through so many changes before being completed that I will try at some point soon to start video taping the process.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fletcher Farm School of Arts and Crafts

I am in Ludlow, VT teaching at the Fletcher Farm School of Arts and Crafts. This is my first teaching gig since my Dad passed and although it was hard to be away from my family it has been good. In all honesty though, I did manage to sneak away in the late afternoon to be home this evening.Today I finished a sweet 2-day monotype printing workshop. I had only 2 students! Here are some photos of their great work.





















Tomorrow will be the first day of another 2 day workshop. This one will be Hand Painting Fat Quarters Students will learn about painting watercolor backgrounds and carving, cutting and using their own stencils and stamps. We'll also discuss composition and designing their own fabric collections.

Stay tuned!