“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.

Conversation and Custom Work

Creating a custom item for a client is often a pleasant path for all concerned.  Existing work inspires possibilities for forming a specific product.  Familiar techniques and materials are combined in fresh ways to make a unique studio crafted item.  The lower center photograph depicts the materials and motif placement for a stole evolving from … Continue reading Conversation and Custom Work

Harvest and Thanksgiving 

Thanksgiving was my favorite childhood holiday, a celebration of the best that we had. Of all the holidays we marked, this is the one that punctuated our daily life as a farm family. Ned and I are hosting Thanksgiving with family for the first time in our shared home. In the center of the table … Continue reading Harvest and Thanksgiving 

Furoshiki, Table Cloth, Sewist Stash

Inspired by the bounty of garden produce in August and September, I created a stack of dyed and printed fabric on warm sunny days.  On rainy days, I trimmed select fabric into squares and finished the edges. I call them furoshiki (Japanese cloths for wrapping and carrying objects). The squares debut this weekend at Oak … Continue reading Furoshiki, Table Cloth, Sewist Stash

Practice and Left Overs

Creating requires practice and it produces left overs.  We are a studio mindful of good economy and careful stewardship.  Practice prints of trees for a chasuble are reserved for other secular art work.  Paint and dye techniques practiced on silk dyes reappear on clergy stoles and women's apparel. I learned the lessons of practice and … Continue reading Practice and Left Overs

Imperfection Welcomes the Worshiper

Lutheran congregations use red paraments and vestments on Passion Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, Reformation Sunday, and services that celebrate the life of a particular saint.  Today these vibrant wall hangings were delivered to Shepherd of the Hills in Haymarket VA. Members of the congregation contributed the fabric and cut all the small crosses attached to the … Continue reading Imperfection Welcomes the Worshiper

Design for a Specific Space

Creating art work for a specific environment can offer the opportunity to use new sizes and proportions.  The client wanted pulpit frontals that picked up colors in the stained glass, that did not obscure the cross in the pulpit, and that complemented the chapel furnishings. The results include bold cross designs in fresh proportions and … Continue reading Design for a Specific Space

A Blue Tangle

It is not uncommon in artistic circles to use prompts to get creative juices flowing.  Quilting bees issue monthly challenges to innovate familiar blocks.  Writers share a verb and see what words appear on the page.  Mica and Noah Scalin lead 30 day Creative Sprints on the internet and results are shared online by many … Continue reading A Blue Tangle

Hooking Yarn

The Fibergig portion of Studio Three 17 is a partnership between myself and my daughter Emily.  She holds the reins on marketing, social media, and technology while managing her own work which includes working at Bella Filati, her hometown yarn shop.  When she reported a creative block for a project design, I suggested that I … Continue reading Hooking Yarn