fiber sculpture, 2022
Swimming upstream isn’t for everyone. For the courageous who dare it means constant forward, upward motion. Fighting the current. Gliding through seemingly endless waves with a grace that barely ripples the surface. Sometimes, the reward for a job well done is simply to pause and appreciate the lessons of the journey, knowing that we’ve always held the key.
Linen and canvas scraps, vintage lace, and silk are re-imagined with rust, fresh-leaf indigo, eucalyptus and onion skins. Textile scraps from a wine bottle gift bag and used guitar strings add a bit of pizzazz, and an antique skeleton key anchors the piece.
2-D Fiber Sculpture, 2023
22 x 16 x 2
The drama of a soaking storm dances on the landscape, beating out the rhythm of a familiar song. I love the sound.
Upcycled guitar strings form the warp for this loosely structured weaving of botanically printed and rust-dyed upcycled fabrics, topped with the papery fiber base of a Queen Palm frond.
aka Ugly Blouse Paper
Handmade paper. 2022
Shopping. Some love it, some hate it. And sometimes the excitement of finding a good deal overcomes our good sense. It may be on sale, but will we ever wear it?
So, what to do with that cheap polyester blouse at the back of your closet? Rip it, cut it, shred it in a blender with some used, rinsed bamboo paper scraps. Voila - ugly blouse paper.
Promise of Spring
Botanical mixed media, 2022
Through a dark winter there is always a promise of Spring.
Upcycled cotton sheet, botanically printed with Japanese Maple, Crepe Myrtle and Physocarpus, handmade paper from Tulip stems. Stitched to wave armature and backed with canvas, mounted on cradle board.
fiber sculpture, 2022
Sometimes breaking out is big and bold and unmistakable. Sometimes it's more like chickens peeking out of the coop... toe first, peek around the corner... see what's out there.
Reclaimed chicken coop door. Fabric sculpture elements created exclusively from upcycled cotton/poly blend pillow case eco-printed with Japanese Maple, Physocarpus (Nine Bark) and Crepe Myrtle leaves, 100-year-old rusty piano wire. Embelished with shredded, eco-dyed rope, bolt & screws reclaimed from chicken coop door.
View video of unbundling the eco-printed fabric.