Monday, December 19, 2011

stewing in my juices. juicing my stew.

studio shots from my recent 2 week residency at VSC. 

sometimes toes are like fingers. (upholstery form with lace and embroidery)
visiting artist, chuck webster, called this thing "retarded". i'm sure he meant the good kind of retarded. (stool with tu-tu, drapery, lace)

happy holidays (plastic christmas tree with cosmetic pads and felt)
 pink collar patriot.(dress with felt and tissues)

Meanwhile, across town..
  (studio shots from the back wall)


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

going rogue

mixed media with child's veil 

this is my studio junk drawer, more or less. if stuff gets in my way, if parts of things aren't working still somehow have merit.. they go here to rest awhile.
small collage with machine stitching  

Monday, November 28, 2011

works in progress

(felt and pins)

listening to the news while chewing my dinner may have left me with some partially undigestable ideas about the theater of war.
(bandage, wire, lace and felt)

Thursday, November 17, 2011


i'm making my first books ever... the images are from some of the sketches i was working on as i was making the chair come out of my brain. (above are some of the first drafts as they were on the wall of my studio)
the cover (it's sideways..but that's the thing about books- you can totally flip them around.)

 The pages are color copies backed with interfacing and bordered with shiny dark purple fabric. They're further layered with machine stitching with lavender and red thread. 

accidental thread line drawings between the pages.

*i'm making 7 of these as "prizes" from my kickstarter page, but i'll be making more for purchase. please email to contact me for specifics.

Friday, November 11, 2011

some assembly required

So, I just returned from 2 lovely weeks at Vermont Studio Center. I met some really awesome talented artists and writers, took some walks in fallow fields where I collected corn husks, roots and berries, smelled some horses..but mostly kept my nose to the grind trying to figure out some logistics for the chair. I wanted to make it more stream-lined for purposes of practical storage and set-up, but also I wanted to make the lines of the piece more complimentary to the lines of Rebecca's dance. I decided I needed to reinvestigate the form itself. It had become to grounded, too much pasted -on carnage. My goal was to make it  more fertile; a plant/ animal hybrid, an altar for a pagan tranformation ritual, a womb, a shelter with a spine...

I started by reworking the seat.

 It's cleaner with less chance of snagging the dancer's fabric (or the viewer's eye). The outer petal/rind forms lace-on to the underneath and can come off for storage.

I also reworked the outside of the petals, bringing in more fleshy filmy stuff, adding green veins and layering more textures. They also now have center ribs that extend and can be used as a latch/ hook over the lap at the beginning of the dance.

(yes, those are my dancing shoes)

The top-most part is completely detachable. It is installed with a hand-made pin and swivel so that it may be kicked down with the sweep of a leg. (forgive my unwillingness/ complete inability to photographically demonstrate this---)
But it really does work:

better photos coming soon to ye olde website and some mailboxes near you.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

things to do on a rainy day..

dare i say it? sewing seeds.
interminal variety.

also: collaborative collages with dangreenwood. from our on-going project that takes place at night in an old ralph lauren wallpaper book.

also:  update on the loveseat's baby steps.

Monday, September 19, 2011

progress report

I'm psyched to have just gotten these more-better photos of the chair/set i'm working on for Rebecca Rabideau's dance "Things Left Behind". Documenting such a frenzy is a pretty daunting task for me, so I'd like to thank Nate Pallace for his eye and camera skills...
I'll be working to get the other elements for the set up and ready and in full-blast while I attend the Vermont Studio Center residency program in late October.

Monday, September 12, 2011

loveseat implosion

i think of
a family heirloom as a tumbleweed. nostalgia as a disease of the memory.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

it's the little things

pulling thread through thread that has been pulled through thread. making marks. enshrining fragments and cast-offs. disecting anatomy. bisecting tradition. focussing in. are my concerns really so small?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

closing in on it

just a few nit-picky minor adjustments and details to go before it gets its senior picture taken and is handed off for a test-drive.