Visual Vocabulary

An unexpected aspect of working for faith communities and on larger scale pieces is the need for custom fabric with large faith motifs or repeated motifs in colors appropriate for season and space. For over a decade I have been exploring printing by screens, stencils, and blocks using either paint or dye on a variety … Continue reading Visual Vocabulary

A 45 Degree Adjustment

https://videopress.com/v/38RgRV8S?preloadContent=metadata Using images of creative process for encouragement. Commissioned work for congregations is work that is shared with a variety of people over time. I like that aspect of the work. People I never know will be experiencing my art seven years and a Sunday from now. I caught myself in an uncharacteristic act on … Continue reading A 45 Degree Adjustment

Woven Cross

An unexpected aspect of online worship is the opportunity to have a close up view of altar and pulpit furnishings. My pew partner Joan recently wrote me, asking that I expound on the woven cross she saw closely on Zoom Easter worship. I created this white frontal for our congregation, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in … Continue reading Woven Cross

Celebrate Small (July 4, 2020)

Tiny art work in a garden gallery. I long for local art shows when the supporters of the arts dress up to celebrate innovative, creative work. My Board of Directors ( dolls, action figures, inanimate friends collected over decades) encouraged me to prepare work to show in our garden this summer. The abstract collection features … Continue reading Celebrate Small (July 4, 2020)

Summer Solstice: Three Simple Stools

Three handcrafted wooden stools work in our home. Today they tell me to choose a summer that is a mix of work and rest. I struggle to overcome pandemic inertia; canceled events cleared the calendar of interaction but I have commissions to complete. The white stool was made by my grandfather when I was a … Continue reading Summer Solstice: Three Simple Stools

Joy of Making: Knots

Custom work filled many summer days at the studio this year.  Completed projects are now delivered. Before I completely shift into next season's work, my hands and mind are revisiting techniques and tools: a bit like a family reunion. Grandma Alice showed me how to tie quilts when I was a teenager.  My fingers readily … Continue reading Joy of Making: Knots

An Artist’s Advance

A few days of intentional creativity are often essential in an art practice. I occasionally schedule time with limited distractions, specific tasks, and a focus on evaluation in my own studio. Unlike an artist who retreats for inspiration, I am seeking affirmation. Extremely hot weather eliminated the distractions of yard work or outings. I planned … Continue reading An Artist’s Advance

Time for Amendment of Life

3 layered lectern frontal. Fabric screen printed and stenciled. Work engages and excites me when I explore new techniques but also when I use established process and pattern in a fresh way. A recent commission created a deep satisfaction through stewardship of materials, time, and relationship. My fingers repeated decades old take apart skills I … Continue reading Time for Amendment of Life

“You’ve been accepted.” Now box it.

Sometimes the challenge for a textile artist comes after the acceptance notice arrives.  "Bring your artwork in a box, a portfolio case, or some sort of wrapping, as it will be moved and needs to be protected."  When I make textile work that hangs like a scroll or when I mount textile work on stretcher … Continue reading “You’ve been accepted.” Now box it.