These pieces are created by printing with plants and or photographs onto hand dyes fabrics. They are then layered with additional dyed fabrics and stitched either by machine or hand to accentuate the detail of the image.
East of the Rio (2015) was a commission for a client. She saw some work I am currently working on and wanted a piece that contained several elements from different quilts. Thus a 47" x 36" quilt was born. Each river is raw edged reverse applique and the reeds a direct applique that is quilted onto the surface.
Spring Eclipse is the 4th in my moon series. It was created on the weekend of the red moon/total lunar eclipse, April 2015.The "moons" are shibori dyed silk that have been slightly altered with fabric paint to create a glow. These moons are purposely positioned next to the geometric patterns to create a relationship between the organic - natural and more man made forms. This piece measures 39" x 27" it is machine pieced and machine quilted.
Abundant Presence is one of my newest wall quilts. Measuring 36" x 36" it is machine pieced using a combination of my Shibori hand dyed, my friend Judy Robertson's hand dyed cotton and commercial fabrics. The quilting is all machine free motion following the direction of the Shibori pattern.
Inclinations was born in a workshop run by Cynthia Corbin. We were pushed to find design in the ordinary. I chose a plate with chopsticks on a place mat. What started out as a table setting turned into a piece that gives the feeling of a moonscape or floating orbs. Each block has similar elements, configured slightly differently in each. The quilt's surface is covered entirely by quilting stitches with the exception of the circles. So many different colored threads sewn into the quilt actually changed the color of the fabrics I used in this quilt.
Inclinations: 30" x 33"
This work hangs lovingly at Renee Mooney's Chiropractic office
Imbricate Seasons' title comes from a geological term meaning the layering of rocks or stones as a result of moving water.
This quilt is an adaptation of the log cabin pattern..... my favorite traditional block. Each block was created using shibori and regular hand dyed fabric in combination with commercial cottons. Color is secondary to the value (lights and darks) placement within the block. Once a whole lot of blocks are created I go to my design wall to put the quilt top together. The result was overlapping squares. Most of my quilts incorporate borders on only two sides for an additional design element.
Several color configurations can be available. $850
Moonseed is perhaps my best selling design. An original design based on a vine motif is a raw edged reverse applique, Moonseed's value changes and color combinations make it an appealing piece for any wall. The 2 sided border gives an overall unifying color while adding interest.
The blocks are layered fabrics that are sewn together in a vine like pattern. The top layer is then cut away to reveal the bottom layer. I then throw all of these blocks into the washer and dryer to intentionally fray the edges. These are ten assembled with narrow borders and free motion quilted following the direction of the vine.
Moonseed 33" x 36" $750
Alchemy was born out of playing with a simple design. As I explored the shapes it became clear that the circles would be cascading down a diamond. I noticed that something was missing, thus the large diamond shape was slashed into strips, gently increasing the width with each cut. That was when a window appeared and the circles needed to be both in front and behind these slats. With the exception of the circles the fabric is all hand dyed sateen cotton dyed by a fabulous dyer Judy Robertson of Just Imagination Fabrics
This quilt was named for the process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way. Simple shapes changed and transformed.
Alchemy lives in a private collection
Splitting The Land is my attempt at bring the issue of healthy lands to the forefront of peoples thinking. As an artist, I have a way to express my concerns in a way that is not confrontational. This quilt speaks to the issues of modern day environmental distress. We have overused, and misused our earth. Fracking, mining, pollution and erosion are some of the actions that have negative repercussions on the land that we live on. This quilt expresses my desire is to preserve and care for our land.
Splitting the land is entirely screen printed using thickened dyes. Once printed it was sliced up and sewn together with woven fabrics in the seams. I hand quilted this work in hopes that the stitching lines would speak to healing rather than division.
Splitting the Land: 30" x 31" $950
This series; Tribal Rhythms is a result of studying the art and culture of indigenous peoples around the globe. I was first drawn to the Australian Aboriginal art work for it's repeat pattern and rhythms. The colors used in the art of these artists have always spoken to me. As I studied I found that the art produced in this culture is a scared form of expression. As a non-native I would not be allowed to copy the patterns, so I needed to find a way to express these colors, patterns and rhythms in a quilterly way.
The same is true for the work of the Native American Indian of the United States and Central America. The images led me on a journey of discovering the mixture of leather (suede) and cottons as introduced by Europeans. This added an element I have never explored.
These four pieces are the beginnings of this adventure into the culture of the first peoples and their art.
Some are in private collections while others are available for sale. Contact me for more information.
My landscapes are created in a collage type manner. The entire piece is designed and quilted as I go, starting with the sky; quilting it, than moving on the the next layer....... in most cases the mountains or far-away hills. Each layer has it's own quilting to enhance and suggest what that area might be. Trees and reeds or grasses are all slender fused fabrics that are quilted as well. I pay attention to the depth and dimension each piece will need to give the greatest impact of distance and perspective.
These quilts are approximately 36" x 24"
Textural Landscapes use a reverse raw edged applique and direct applique to achieve depth and texture in each of these pieces. The play of value and contours and scale give them a sense of depth.
These landscapes are part of my teaching series as well. I assist my students in creating a landscape of their own using my design. Once learned, the technique can be used in original work.
The size on these small wall quilts are 18" x 24" and sell for $275 each.
I love working minimally with my landscapes. Snapshot Landscapes are simple designs taken from the more complex natural world. These start by simple sketches of perhaps 5-6 lines indicating the essence of the landscape.
They are created in collage style. Which means they are built directly on a quilted background using fusible / raw edged applique. My designs come from a variety of places. Magazines, photos, a walk all inform my ideas. The natural world offers up so many inspirations. Each measure 23" x 9" and hang in most any area of your home or office. These are a few of the many styles incorporate into my panels
To enhance your body and your home I create a line of functional pieces, including pillows, potholder, table mats and purses. Each has it's unique, one of a kind look, making them useful works or art.
Pillows measure 16" square and have removable forms for ease in cleaning. $38 each
Potholders are colorful 7" square spots of color for your kitchen wall. These each have a heat shield layer (the silver ironing board fabric) so they make great gifts for any occasion. $12 each
My table mats make any table come alive with color. Buy in sets or several different combinations. Use as place mats, center pieces or covers for your end table. $25 each
Purses are made with 3 different coordinating fabrics that are layered, sewn and cut through the top 2 layers to add texture to the design. Handles are hand braided and long enough to wear across the body or over the shoulder. Each purse has a unique button as its closure. They measure approximately 9" x 7". $42
All of my scarves are 100% silk. I dye them in the Shibori method. Shibori is taken from the Japanese art of manipulating the fabric by folding, clamping, and or twisting before it goes into the dye bath. My scarves incorporate several separate dye baths to achieve multiple layers of color and design.
11" x 70"
Every year I participate in a number of fine art and craft festivals around New York state. Many of them are associated with music venues for a full weekend of visual and performance art. These festivals allow me to showcase and sell my fabric art, including art quilts for your walls, quilted functional work such as pot holders, pillows and table mats. My hand dyed silk scarves are dyed in the Shibori method and come in many patterns and colors. I invite you to visit me at the shows.
Below is a list of festivals I will be at this year. (please visit this page again for additional dates).
April 25 & 26 Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY
June 27 & 28 Roycrofters Summer Arts Festival, E Aurora, NY
July 24, 25 & 26 Syracuse Arts and Craft festival , Syracuse, NY
August 29 & 30 Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, Buffalo, NY
September 12 & 13 Colorscape Chenango , Norwich, NY
December 5 & 6 Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival, Syracuse, NY