Hone: Knowing And Maintaining A Tool

I use different scissors for different tasks in the studio just as I use a variety of knives in the kitchen. Practice informs me which tool works best for a particular task.  Experimentation increases the scope of usefulness for each tool I own. Recently, I have begun to regard my screen images as tools.  This set … Continue reading Hone: Knowing And Maintaining A Tool

A Veiled Technique: Tulle Overlay

Three 12" square studies, part of my exploration of compostion within a square.  Each of these pieces include the technique of a tulle overlay.  The tulle assists with construction and creates a muted tone. The close ups show that the tulle is not always the final layer.  The grid stitching in the first selection and the … Continue reading A Veiled Technique: Tulle Overlay

Origins Of A Crisp Finish

The conversion of garage to art studio began this week.  I tiptoed upstairs to see the progress during lunch.  The framing confirms that I like my plans; it assures me that the end results will work.  The craftsmanship also informs me about my own work. I have been complimented over my years of custom sewing, … Continue reading Origins Of A Crisp Finish

3 Patterns, 7 Colors, and 10 Women

I led my first dyeing workshop this month. 10 good women braved a cold night to gather in a pottery studio to put their hands and minds to dyeing silk scarves.  After I demonstrated three fold and tie patterns, each participant received a scarf to manipulate and then color.  Here are their results. I discovered … Continue reading 3 Patterns, 7 Colors, and 10 Women

Staff Meeting

Solo work does not need to be lonely.  I gathered my staff of wee folk this week to reminisce over the past and to dream of the future. Then we made a to do list.  The minions got right in to their tasks.  The Barbies went shopping. The old gal and the Santa are working … Continue reading Staff Meeting

The Beginning is Not The Starting Point

In the beginning.......God created.......In the beginning........was the Word...... In the beginning of 2016, I stalled out. In the midst of stacks of fabrics, committed projects, commissioned work, beckoning ideas, and pots of paint, I struggled to create a plan and to write a schedule that would contain and direct all these good things.  The elements … Continue reading The Beginning is Not The Starting Point

Playing The Counter-Melody

    Both of these photos appeared on our fibergig Facebook timeline in September. Viewers commented that the products were quite disparate.  Perhaps not many studios create a runway garment and a spiritual mural in the same summer. Actually, I use the same techniques to create all of my work.  Often the role of the work itself is … Continue reading Playing The Counter-Melody

Bring On The Heat

The sewing machine or a pair of scissors are often the tools first associated with my art practice.  But it is the iron that is used most frequently and consistently. When I am working well, focused on what is before me and its purpose, it is the iron that guides me into good evaluation. Fabric … Continue reading Bring On The Heat

Chiseling The Craft of Business

There are many woodworkers on my family tree.  I have an appreciation for the medium and for the work.  It is my delight to have a local woodworker as a friend and business buddy. Ron Light creates wood furniture and accessories here in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.  About once a quarter we meet up in … Continue reading Chiseling The Craft of Business

A Chasuble Returns to the Studio

Occasionally my work returns to me for an adjustment or repair. The chasubles made for the chapel at The Village at Orchard Ridge were lined in slippery fabric, so that they hang away from the pastor's alb.   The Chaplin reported that they slipped backward during worship, becoming uncomfortable. We devised a solution of cotton … Continue reading A Chasuble Returns to the Studio