February 11th, 2012
Texture. I love texture. I’m one of those people that can’t walk through the fabric store without touching, feeling, enjoying the various textures. I especially love the texture of handmade papers. That was the basis for this series of three designs. For Roses Roses, I started with heavily textured Mulberry paper torn into three squares, I finished the edges with blanket stitch using a tea-dyed pearl cotton thread. The rose design is a hand-stitched nubby woolen yarn. Japanese rice paper is the basis for the Bo leaves and beads. Thai recycled fibers paper was embellished with golden glass beads. Rafi loops were added across the top for hanging.
These pieces are a perfect compliment to my rafia and ribbon wall hanging.
October 16th, 2011
Zentangle – just the word conjures up the exotic. I first ran across this “new” art form known as a “tangle” posted on FaceBook. While pen and ink doodles aren’t really new, the presentation of Zentangle makes it so very accessible to everyone.
Zentangle is offered up not only as a method of creating beautiful intricate images using repetitive patterns but also as a form of meditation. To get started one can refer to a legend of repetitive patterns provided in a Zentangle kit. There are also a number of books that can be used for inspiration.
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August 28th, 2011
Remember when only a few short years ago everyday there was a new credit card offer in your mail box? Remember when it took a pile of CD’s and hours to install software on your computer?
I started a list of ways to reuse these bits of plastic from scraping the ice off the car window to using them as dividers in my bead drawers. As an artist, I also always see the possibility that I might use those cards or CD’s in an art project. They are just too colorful and shiny to toss away.
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June 25th, 2011
Stitched handmade paper
From penny rugs to baby shoes, the blanket stitch provided a new means of construction. My latest use is constructing hand-stitched and laced little boxes and irregular bowls. Both are layers of handmade paper and sometimes fabrics, stitched and laced together. Often, I embellish with beads, buttons, ribbons, and/or decorative threads.
June 18th, 2011
Quilted wall hanging – 1st in a series of black/white projects
I have always been fascinated by quilting but just never had the patience for precisely fitting all those perfect little squares together. Then I discovered improvisational quilting. It’s like jazz, you compose as you go. I enjoy randomly stitching bits and pieces together then cutting them apart and stitching again, adding layers, and cutting apart . . . The Red Tassel was my first improvisational piece.