Upcoming show in Vermont-Interpreting the Surface

April 12, 2015

If you will be anywhere near Shelburne ,VT over the next month or two, please come and see this exhibit at the Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery. Three of my pieces will be there rubbing shoulders with work of some very innovative fiber artists!
If you do go, I’d love to hear your impressions of the show.

Interpreting the Surface

Interpreting the Surface

But where will I put it?

March 12, 2015

The wonderful exhibit in Georgetown, TX at the Georgetown Art Center opens tomorrow. The organizer, Nick Ramos, has offered to send me this very large hanging poster with the image of one of my pieces after the show closes.  I couldn’t say no but may have to  create a cathedral ceiling in my little house! I’ll figure out something…
If you’re close by please do get to the exhibit. Besides two of my pieces, you’ll have the chance of seeing work by several other very gifted artists including Deidre Adams, one of my favorites!

Georgetown, TX poster

Georgetown, TX poster

Snow and felting

March 10, 2015

A good combo.  Instead of whining about the below zero unrelenting cold, I made some cobweb felt using various fibers; merino and wensleydale (curly!) embellished with bombyx silk and bamboo silk for lustrous shimmery lines. Here drying  by the woodstove. Extra credit if you spotted the bird at the feeder.

I’ll go back to whining now while it’s all drying.

cobweb felt

cobweb felt

A closer look for you all that appreciate lovely fiber texture.

cobweb closeup

cobweb closeup

Small Mounted Felted Creation #4

February 24, 2015

Biome IV

This piece is a bit different. Instead of sewing felt onto a silk background, I constructed this entirely of felt. As I’ve said before, felt is a dream to sew-both by machine and hand.
This piece is 11.5″ square and is mounted onto a 14″ x 14″ x 1.5″” black gallery wrapped stretched canvas. This  will appear on my website soon and is offered for $450 with free shipping. Let me know if you’re interested!

Biome IV

Biome IV

Zoomed in:

Biome IV detail

Biome IV detail

Small Mounted Felted Creation #3

February 21, 2015

Roots of Rhythm IX

While using the Roots of Rhythm underlying composition, I explored including blue vertical elements.
This piece is 11.5″ square and is mounted onto a 14″ x 14″ x 1.5″” black gallery wrapped stretched canvas. This  will appear on my website soon and is offered for $450 with free shipping. Let me know if you’re interested!

Roots of Rhythm IX

Roots of Rhythm IX

Zoomed in:

Roots of Rhythm IX detail

Roots of Rhythm IX detail

Small mounted felted creation #2

February 17, 2015

Roots of Rhythm VIII
I continued to explore the Roots of Rhythm motif with this one but skewed the orientation to a diagonal and included a section of 3D elements.

This piece is 11.5″ square and is mounted onto a 14″ x 14″ x 1.5″” black gallery wrapped stretched canvas. This  will appear on my website soon and will be offered for $450 with free shipping. Let me know if you’re interested!

Roots of Rhythm VIII

Roots of Rhythm VIII

And here’s a close up:

Roots of Rhythm VIII -detail

Roots of Rhythm VIII -detail

Smaller mounted felted creation #1

February 13, 2015

About 6 weeks ago, I wrote that I was exploring new felting techniques and had decided to focus on creating smaller work using all that newly dyed felted wool and silk. I’m very glad I went this route. Working small allows me to try out new compositional  ideas or extend older ones. Each finished piece ended up about 11-12″ square and was then mounted onto a 14″ x 14″ x 1.5″” black gallery wrapped  stretched canvas. I created four pieces using felt and silk from the same dye baths- in colors I had chosen because I felt they’d work sensationally together. Having a restricted pallette freed me up to really concentrate on texture and composition.

These new pieces will appear on my website soon. They will each be offered for $450 with free shipping. Let me know if you’re interested in owning one!

I’m going to introduce each of these pieces one by one in a series of posts.

#1  Roots Of Rhythm VII

Roots of Rhythm VII

Roots of Rhythm VII

This zoomed in detail may give you a better sense of why I’m in love with working with the rich textures possible when wool and silk have a serious felting relationship!

Roots of Rhythm VII- detail

Roots of Rhythm VII- detail

For several years, I worked on a series called Roots of Rhythm-the title borrowed from a Paul Simon lyric which worked for me on many different levels:

“These are the roots of rhythm and the roots of rhythm remain.”

This new piece further explores cellular structures dancing with various forces and rhythms.

 

 

Poster Child

January 29, 2015

I am very honored to have been invited to be a part of an exhibit in Georgetown, Texas (just north of Austin). The organizer (I do love that he starts his emails with “Howdy!”) asked if my piece, Cultivating Connections II, could be the “poster child” for the show. Here’s the ad that will run in the Austin Monthly Magazine.
Austin ad 2015 72If you are anywhere near Austin, TX please consider checking out this exhibit which will include work from several other  fantastic artists including Valerie Goodwin and Deidre Adams!

Heading to Albania!

January 17, 2015

Well, not me exactly.

But I’m honored that this creation of mine has been selected by the US State Department’s Art in Embassies program to hang in the US Embassy in Albania for the next two years!

Emergence II

Emergence II

Several years back I had two pieces selected to hang in the embassy in East Timor (yes, I had to look at a map for that one). The Art in Embassies program is one of the better uses of our tax dollars-in my opinion. What a wonderful idea to feature American artwork in our embassies to create cultural connections with folks around the world. I’m so happy to be a part of it.

Felting Frenzy

December 31, 2014

For the past month, I’ve been slowly and joyfully working through an online surface design felting class
taught by Fiona Duthie.

My own felting methods have mostly developed based on slow, disorganized experimentation resulting in some satisfying successes and a few too many disasters. I’ve learned SO much from this course! Techniques are well organized, fully explained and some are brilliant. I never would have stumbled upon them myself. So many new ways to create delicious texture with silk! I highly recommend if you want to further explore the endless possibilities of felting.

So I’ve been inspired to felt up a storm trying out these new techniques and combining them with my old stand bys. I used lots of different fibers and techniques-cobweb, craters, cords and more- and yesterday, finally, after weeks of holidays and illness, I got to spend the day with fellow fiber artist, Kris, dropping it all into dyepots. Lovely results. I’m planning to be working on a series of smaller (12″ x12″) mounted pieces that will not only be more affordable for folks but will give me lots of opportunity to play with felt/silk  compositions. Be looking for bits of these babies in upcoming work!

pile of newly dyed felt

pile of newly dyed felt


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