Thursday, April 21, 2016

On Exhibit - Connecticut Scissorhands

I am honored to have two of my rust works selected for inclusion in Connecticut Scissorhands at the Canton Artists’ Guild at Gallery on the Green.
 Mending the Wayfarer's Path

Drawings from the Stargazer's Diary

A curated exhibit by the Connecticut Chapter of Surface Design Association
April 22 - May 22, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday April 23, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Jan Baker's BOOKS + WORDS! at Long Ridge Farm


with Jan Baker
Dates: Aug 17 - Aug 21 , 2016 - 5 day(s)
9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day.

Computers, tablets and e-books are capturing our attention, but how can we create our own handmade innovative books? Experimenting with different folded, glued and sewn book structures, participants will also explore stitching, weaving and layering book pages.

The interplay between materials, structure and content will be discovered. Personal words will be encouraged… to be incorporated into these innovative book structures.

Participants are encouraged to bring old books and interesting materials from their own collections to experiment with. Sample artists’ books and slides will be shared for inspiration.

We are not bound by convention.


I was first introduced to Jan Baker's amazing work in 2013 during Sandra Brownlee's Tactile Notebooks and the Written Word workshop at Big Cat Textiles in Scotland. I fell head over heels in love with Jan's work...well, even more so, truth be told...last August while experiencing Sandra's workshop again, this time at Long Ridge Farm

The first assignment in Sandra's class is to cover your notebook in such a way that you want to hold it, touch it and work in it. I chose a fairly large one and, at the end of day 2, decided that it was jsut wrong for me because every exercise over the first 2 days had been a struggle.

Day 3 found me carrying a new, smaller notebook, indigo fabric, thread and my chair out into the field where 

I settled in front of Jan's section of the fence line to gain inspiration while creating a new cover. 

The whole class found Jan's work mesmerizing, inspiring and mysterious. In fact, Jan Baker, who are you? became a central theme that week.

Can you guess where I'll be August 17-21? I hear there are a few more spots open in the class. Click here if you're interested. Hope to see you there!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Quotes - Pico Iyer

"Silence is something more than just a pause; it is that enchanted place where space is cleared and time is stayed and the horizon itself expands."

Pico Iyer

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Red Boat - in progress #3

There's been a whole lot of piecing materials together,

stepping back to look,

noticing little details and, of course,


There's even been a curator's visit and selection for an upcoming exhibition so, while the full piece can't be shared yet, The Red Boat is complete. Well, as complete as a work is sans hanging device. Does that count?

My mind is now contemplating what to make of the remnants...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

WONDER - Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan
Untitled, 2014
styrene index cards, metal, wood, paint and glue

Employing mundane materials such as toothpicks, straws, Styrofoam cups, scotch tape, and index cards,

Donovan gathers up the things we think we know, transforming the familiar into the unrecognizable through overwhelming accumulation.

The resulting enigmatic landscapes force us to wonder just what it is we are looking at and how to respond.

The mystery, and the potential for any material in her hands to capture it,

prompts us to pay better attention to our surroundings, permitting the everyday to catch us up again.*

 *accompanying statement at the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Quotes - Albert Einstein

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."

Albert Einstein
Renwick Gallery during WONDER exhibition

Sunday, March 20, 2016

WONDER - Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe
Plexus A1, 2015
thread, wood, hooks, steel

Dawe's architecturally scaled weavings are often mistaken for fleeting rays of light.

 Is is an appropriate trick of the eye,

as the artist was inspired to use thread in this fashion 

by memories of the skies above Mexico City and East Texas,  

his childhood and current homes, respectively.

The material and vivid colors 

also recall the embroideries everywhere in production during Dawe's upbringing. *

*accompanying statement at the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC.
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