Unto The Hills

The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opened July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The liturgical section includes two of my works, both inspired by daily life. The horizon line of the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the delights of living in the Shenandoah Valley.  All three pieces are for sale.  Contact me for more information.

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Unto The Hills


If I were a psalmist, I would look to the Blue Ridge.

Old mountains catch the mist, the snow.

Old mountains protect the valley below,

Green valley where I walk in daily patterns.


The path of the labyrinth quiets my mind

And I raise my eyes.

I lift my eyes. The hills have shadows and trees.

Goodness is there. Help is present.


Consider These Lilies

The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opens July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The liturgical section includes two of my works, both inspired by daily life. The ubiquitous day lily stars in the first.  All three pieces are for sale.  Contact me for more information.

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Consider these lilies.

Growing in your very own yard. Not the ones in faraway places. Not the ones on Easter altars. Consider these lilies.

The ones mama held in disdain, but which taught you about wabisabi in floral arrangement. (Not that anyone near that Midwest farm knew anything about Ikebana.)

They neither sow nor reap. They bloom one day. That’s it. Of course, there are plenty of buds. Blossoms appear abundantly for many summer days.

These one day bloomers persevere, returning each spring after deep cold, deep snow.

Could I be of their stock? I will consider these lilies.

Traveling in Spirals: Artistic Style

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My art friend Marsha once defined my style as complex primitive.  I rejoiced to hear that.

I have worked for years evolving complexity in my work.  Initially I used it to create greater energy in the compositions.  Today, I employ the techniques to give depth.  I work to express hope and love in my art.  Complexity helps the viewer find a comfortable starting point.

Primitive shapes are my starting point because I cut out designs far more often than draw them.  I like simple shapes as a distillation, the removal of specific qualifiers to create a more universal image.

In this stole for Lent, the hand dyed fabric is quiet in tone but complex in pattern.  The raw edge appliqued cross suggests reflective and penitent thought.  The message is clear, but merits more than one look.

Traveling in Spirals: What is Inside That Stole

I am making stoles for inventory this week. As I repeat construction tasks, I become more aware of these well honed practices.  Rarely does any one see what is inside of a stole.  I include interfacing.  The black fabric in the first photograph is a synthetic blend which contributes crispness and body to the stole. The white example below it is white flannel, often used to interline custom draperies.  It makes softer edges while adding body to the stole.  I often include a drapery weight at the hemlines so that the stole will hang well on the wearer.


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Outside views show the artistry and symbols supported by the internal craftsmanship.

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Advent Interlude 2

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Be still.

Dark, still, afraid.  Breath held.

Glimmers of light. Paused in wonder. Air sucked in and slowly exhaled.

Be still.

Photograph of Advent stole made in 2014, sold at first touch to a dear friend.

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Bare branches define short day skies.

Bring a lamp.  Be prepared for dark nights.

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Advent stole made on speculation and available for purchase at fibergig.

Clerical Stoles for Smaller Budgets

The new stoles for $75 are in our online shop, fibergig, at Etsy.

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Starting point: stack of selected fabrics.

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Prepared for paint, stencils, and screen printing.
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Painted, ready for embellishment, highlights, lining.

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See our stoles at fibergig.etsy.com/shop.


Update: Clerical Stoles for Smaller Budgets

In mid-September I posted about my studio challenge to design one of a kind artistic stoles at a more modest price point than my current work.  The solution must maintain the standards of construction that I use for the rest of my work.

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After I selected fabric from my inventory, I prepared each selection to be painted with an existing motif from my collection.  Stencils, screen prints, and simple masking are all put to use. The second photograph show the five stoles after the paint dried.  The next step is to hang them on the design wall for evaluation.  Is there enough pattern?  Contrast?

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My daughter and shop partner challenged me to have six stoles priced at $75 in our Etsy shop, fibergig, by October 15.  I do not want to disappoint her.

Searching for the Way to Create Clerical Stoles for Smaller Budgets

Photo Sep 12, 8 59 30 AMSummer conversations with pastors presented me with a design challenge:  create hand crafted art stoles for  $75.  The stoles will conform to the studio’s standard craftsmanship.  Techniques will be simplified and limited, but the art will still have my signature look.

Emily, my daughter and partner, wants six ready for October 15.  I found fabric for all five liturgical colors in my inventory.  I intend to meet that goal.