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Life Goes On II
July 11, 2013, 6:38 pm
Filed under: Artwork, Process
Life Goes On II

Life Goes On II

To create the fabric for this piece, I first collected smooth stones from Halladay Brook next to my house. By placing the stones on cotton that I had painted with dye, the dye molecules migrated away from the covered areas leaving ghostly serendipitous circles.

Don’t ask me why, I think of it as some sort of magic…

Here’s a closer look:

Life Goes On II-detail

Life Goes On II-detail

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The plant is the dream of the seed.
June 9, 2013, 7:16 pm
Filed under: Artwork, Inspiration

My period of stuck-ness seems to be over and a new piece in my Seed Dreaming series is taking shape.This series has its roots (ha!) in the above Australian Aboriginal saying which evocatively stirs up many images for me.

Here are a few of the other pieces in that series:

Seed Dreaming I

Seed Dreaming I

Seed Dreaming II

Seed Dreaming II

 



New work- Beneath II
May 5, 2013, 1:02 pm
Filed under: Artwork, Process
Beneath II

Beneath II

Here is my newest piece: Beneath II!

After weeks of dyeing various fibers (wool, alpaca curls, silk charmeuse, silk cocoons, silk yarns and more!) -all differing values of a particular green (mix the acid dyes: sun yellow and avocado to duplicate), I then wet felted up a storm. The resulting textiles had even richer and more intricate patterning and texture than my first attempt at this.

It’s a total joy to cut and sew felted material. You can cover any mistake (important for me!) and it’s just lovely to touch. Here’s a close-up:

Beneath I- detail

Beneath II -detail

 

 

 



Art from Science
April 2, 2013, 10:56 am
Filed under: Artwork, Inspiration, Process

cilia

Years ago I became fascinated with the shapes, patterns, texture and lines found at the microscopic level.

In images zoomed into an extreme Electron Microscopic close up, I can imagine walking in and touching these real worlds (IF I were very shrunk down myself!).

Above are images of several types of cilia-hairlike structures that undulate and move things along so to speak.

When I create a new piece, there is always implied movement-some thing is changing or about to change-even though the image is static. Incorporating cilia sometimes helps me achieve this goal.

In this piece, Seed Dreaming I, I included all those bright green cilia to try to suggest movement and an aliveness.

Seed Dreaming I

Seed Dreaming I



“Beneath I”
February 21, 2013, 10:39 am
Filed under: Artwork
Beneath I

Beneath I

I’m a happy artist these recent days.

After weeks of dyeing and felting and experimenting I’m very happy with the result!
I mostly made up a construction technique (although that’s too fancy a word for my bumbling around). I found much freedom and looseness in cutting and piecing the felt together. Very forgiving! I love the emphasis on texture that a monochromatic palette provides, the ease of pushing a 3-D quality into the work and the juxtaposition between the wool and the shimmery charmeuse silk.

Beneath I -detail1Beneath I -detail1

Beneath I -detail1

This is the first of a series (I just started dyeing and felting for the next piece) around the concept of “beneath”-which to me broadly encompasses exploring what’s just beneath a complex surface-whether it be of a cell, a skin or a feeling.

Beneath I -detail 2

Beneath I -detail 2

Let me know what do you think…