As an artist/designer/craftsperson, I rarely felt alienated from my work during Pandemic 1.0, although the work and focus have certainly changed. Fortunately, inspiration abounds and I continue to make, if only for myself(!). We can all probably attest to the the foundation not feeling as steady as it did before – not quite back to “normal”…and sometimes, we may feel we (collectively) are regressing…. but we press on. And so it goes in my world. Here’s what’s been happening (at least some of it) and what’s on the horizon.

Upcoming Workshop

The third piece in my natural dye series revolves around printing/mark-making (specifically on cloth) with thickened natural dyes. 9/18-19/21, SEFAA Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more.

Current Work

Much of my decorative and fine art work is created with naturally dyed cloth, including emerging 3-dimensional work and hand-stitched, applique layered modules. This work continues. See more about 3-D and Stitched Modules.

Petal-Una Collection

My “artisan apparel” line, Petal-Una Collection continues, for now. This container for my wearable work is now entering its 10th year! From this point forward, I’ll be celebrating its unfolding as I continue to create a limited number of RTW and custom hand-dyed/painted/printed wearable pieces. Look for changes in the coming year as this part of my practice enters its next phase. Visit the Petal Website to see more.

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This year, I was invited to submit work to The Hambidge Center auction (www.hambidgeauction.org).  If you don’t know about it, Hambidge is a non-profit arts center in the North Georgia mountains offering short-term residencies, as well as other programs and events.  I have not yet experienced a residency, but my work has – in years past, I have had pieces in the Weave Shed Gallery at the mountain campus; I’ve also had work in past auctions.  I have always felt honored to be included with the amazing and diverse group of artists featured at each auction.

While an historically live event, things are a bit different this year. Much of the process will take place virtually.  As an adjunct to that, I thought I would tell you a bit about the pieces I have in the auction.  Bidding started on 10/9/20 and will continue until 9:00 pm on October 24.   Typically there are two components to the auction – one, a fixed-price gallery with 2-D works and then the auction itself. 

My offering for the fixed-price segment is entitled “Network One” – Monoprint on paper, enriched with ink, pastel and gold leaf. It is a stand-alone artwork part of a larger and continuing series of pieces with the same character and foundation.   I was trained in a discipline (Landscape Architecture) which, at the time, relied on hand-rendering/2-D graphic skills for project design, process mapping, and previsualization. (I went to school during that window when working in CAD was an elective pursuit!)  Fast-forward, as a textile and fiber artist I continue to spend a certain amount of time working on paper.  Much of my 2-D work now is still rendered by hand and is primarily process sketching. Occasionally though, the results become part of a different sort of thought process.  The idea of “networks” is not a new one in art, and especially not in fiber art.  This is my contribution to that conversation. This work is on-going. Check out more from the series here.

“Network One” with detail

My main piece is Sheltering in Place: A Meditation Series – Weld Appliqué Diptych This project was launched at the beginning of “lockdown” (March, 2020) as part of an on-going exploration of natural dyes.  As time passed, the repetitive rhythm of hand stitching became a source of daily calm during the anxious early days of the pandemic.  As a diptych, they are metaphorically “hinged” by process and intention.  As part of a series, they are a witness to the moment and reservoir of hope for the future. 

Sheltering In Place: A Meditation Series – Weld Appliqué Diptych

I continue to work with natural dyes and create these modules.  While I have several other pieces along these lines, the fresh, Spring-like, warmth of the Weld color feels the essence of hope as we continue to slog our way through this current version of normal.   I hope you will visit the auction and support the Center (www.hambidge.org).  Here is a video short I put together about the Sheltering piece and process.