September 15, 2014
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich CT
Eleven of my newest pieces proudly shared the walls at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich with paintings by Riad Miah and Grace DeGennaro alongside the mesmerizing kinetic sculptures by Anne Lilly.There was an impressive turnout and, as usual, good conversations and questions. My favorite moment was with the 90 year old woman who came up to talk to me about my art and then shared that after exploring ceramics for ten years she had recently switched to carving alabaster! So let that be an inspiration to all of you who feel it’s too late to start making art!
For lots more images of the opening check out this short article in the Greenwich Free Press.
If you’re good at Where’s Waldo, try to find me, I’m the short curly haired roundish woman in the beige top. Or better yet, look for my work on the walls! Or even better yet, come see the exhibit if you’re close by.
September 10, 2014
My two person show with Jackie Abrams (seriously, take a look at her work) at Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro, VT opened last Friday evening during the monthly Gallery Walk. We explained to people coming in that I was the “wall person” and she was the one on the pedestals : ).
Both Jackie and I were pleased with how our art seemed to harmoniously work together visually! We even talked about possible future exhibits together.
Jackie and I
Many folks dropped by with lots of great questions and interest. But there were two unexpected high points for me . A few years back I had a large exhibit in the rotunda of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Friday evening, two women (separately) talked to me about how being able to spend time with my art at that exhibit had helped them through difficult medical treatment-the power of art and healing. Made my night!
Being serious about our art, we stopped at nothing to pull viewers into the gallery.
September 3, 2014
Are you anywhere near Greenwich, CT? The four person show, Relativity, featuring 11 of my newest pieces will be opening on September 12th! I’m honored to be a part of this exhibit and will definitely be at the opening!
flinn gallery opening
August 27, 2014
If you’re near Brattleboro Vermont, come see my work in person. I’m honored that many of my pieces will share a space with the beautiful and unique fiber creations of Jackie Abrams in a two person show at Gallery in the Woods.
The show opens at Gallery Walk on September 5th and runs through October.
Two person show with Jackie Abrams
August 3, 2014
My daughter’s wedding three weeks ago was an absolutely lovely day. My major contribution (besides my wonderful daughter, Caitlin) was creating the Chuppah that the ceremony would take place under. It was months in the making and was first unveiled at the ceremony. I created a piece that was a wedding gift to Caitlin and Alexandra and mounted it onto a larger panel of dyed silk gauze. This whole baby was then suspended by tall beech poles. Because of its purpose in the world, I found creating this felt very different. Lots of emotion went into this!
Here’s a full view of the piece which is titled “Cultivating Connection”. It now hangs on their wall.:
And a closer look…
Cultivating Connection- detail
And here’s how it looked moments before the ceremony began…(sniff). The two on the right are my other wonderful children.
Chuppah at the ceremony!
May 23, 2014
I’ve been pretty quiet on this blog recently because I’m creating the work on my design wall ” under wraps”. My wonderful daughter, Caitlin is marrying wonderful Alex this July here in Vermont and I am making them a wall piece that will double as the chuppah (at a Jewish wedding, it’s a canopy the couple gets married under). They’ve decided they don’t want to see it till their wedding day…thus this hush hush business.
But here’s a peek at a small detail:
chuppah peek 1
They made some genersl choices about colors and looked through my portfolio to let me know which pieces of mine appealed most to them and left the rest up to me!
I’ve been surprised at how much it means to me to be working on a piece that I know will live in my family for a long time. I feel a much deeper connection to the work.
April 6, 2014
My ongoing fascination with teeny tiny changes that happen on a microscopic level increases my own awareness of how much of our world is beyond our perception yet of course equally exists every moment. That world is invisible to us due to size but there are also wonderful things invisible to our limited human senses due to time.
This video by Daniel Stoupin uses time lapse photography to capture the very slow but deeply beautiful movement of coral. It is stunning.
March 29, 2014
All that resist felting, dyeing, felt ball rolling and pocket filling has come together .
I’m still enjoying experimenting with combining silk and felted areas and pushing the boundaries of including increasingly 3D elements. Here’s a close up.
Potential IV detail
February 18, 2014
A perfect day for having my hands in hot soapy water!
I recently discovered cobweb felt. I have visions of using this ultra thin, airy, almost translucent material as an overlay. The patterns of holes that form are deliciously organic.
After watching a clear step by step video by Greenwood Fiberworks, it was quite easy. I made some adaptations to the directions born out of laziness. For instance, the lay out for this felt is so thin, I stacked a second layout on top (over plastic) and rolled them all together. Worked fine.
I used Wensleydale roving bought at New England Felting Supply and embellished with lustrous Bombyx Silk. The fibers of Wensleydale are straight but after felting they form intriguing curls and waves. And it does this transformation after only 100 rolls! My kind of felt!
Here’s the cobweb drying by the woodstove:
We’ll see how it behaves in the dye pot!
January 26, 2014
I’ve begun to design my next piece which would incorporate many of the recently felted and dyed larger elements like these:
various dyed felted elements
I’m excited by what’s coming together on my design wall but was struggling with what to put in some of those deep sculptural openings that would accentuate the 3Dness. My friend Kris, suggested small felt balls. So after finding a very helpful video online describing how to make essentially felted beads, I got busy (and wet and soapy) with undyed wool.
Of course there was a bit of a learning curve but I made some discoveries. Cheaper wool batt (“Peoples Wool” from New England Felting Supply) is easier to work with than pricey merino. Wrapping each “bead” with a few strands of lustrous Bombyx silk will create a contrasting pattern after dyeing. And my daugther, Caitlin, discovered that other forms (tiny bananas!) are possible if you shape it before it’s too felted.
undyed tiny felted elements
Yesterday these little babies got dyed along with some felting I wanted to overdye. Here are the results literally steaming just out of the dye pot.
Dyed felted small shapes and more
Look for these in my next piece!