Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Color Memories

As the weather gets colder, I start to wear more black, but I also start working with more color. This photo I took in August is a color inspiration for my next piece.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kumihimo Braids

Lately, I have been playing around with Kumihimo braids. I enjoy the threads and textures and am really excited about mixing them with beads.  In addition, when I am trying to take my mind off of a migraine, they are soothing to work with and do not involve looking at tiny, shiny things.  That being said, some of the braids are definitely better made than others, both because of where my technique level was when making them and because of how well I was feeling at the time. Nevertheless, they are evidence that I "persisted" in my art-quest (if I may steal a phrase from our recent political situation).  And to be honest, I think persistence is 99% of making art. Inspiration is great, but having the tenacity to work through setbacks, knots, unravellings, and a myriad of other roadblocks is really what gets the job done.  I always tell my children how much I hate finishing off the pieces with findings; but, as with proofreading, it is essential to how the piece turns out. I believe that both proofreading and finishing are difficult for many because these actions do not feel like part of the "creative process."  They occur after the aha-moment has passed and the adrenaline is depleted; yet, I have noticed recently that they can also be quite innovative in their own way.  With writing, proofreading provides the author with a chance to embellish, expand, and, yes, correct grammar. With finishing, the artist can add to a piece, fix or embellish over any mistakes, and make last-minute changes to create an innovative work of art.  Few of the following pieces are "works of art" with capital letters, but they are a display of a journey in learning and playing with a new technique.

Thread and crystals with hand-made glass pendant
Kumihimo thread with mixed beads, coral nuggets, crystals, and buttons

Thread and specialty yarn with jasper pendant
Silk Kumihmo thread with charm
Silk Kumihimo thread with teardrop accent beads

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Back to work!

It's time to start posting more pieces.  Everything shown is available for purchase.  Please contact me for shipping and other questions.

Embroidered Cuff with Free-form beading.

Camo Cuff, Free-form off-loom bead weaving

Pair/Pear Trees: Celebrate 
Mixed-Media Wall Art

This piece is my "baby."  It took over nine months to create and began as a photograph of Autumn leaves in the the crook of a tree.  With digital manipulation, printing on fabric, and loads of embroidery, painting, fabric collage, and beading it became a celebration of the intersection of Nature and Humans.  

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Juror's Award show at NewTV in Newton, MA

These are the pieces that are being shown at NewTV.  I am so honored to be included with all the other talented artists!  Their work is breathtaking!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wall Art: The first piece is being shown at Newton City Hall For Newton Open Studios' Juried Show

Fall Juried Art Fest!
Nov. 5-6 11am to 5pm 
The Fest is  this weekend: a free art show with 55 fine artists and craftspeople,at Newton City Hall.* See painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics, textiles and more! has the full artist list, art samples, and directions.  There's Wheelchair access (Homer St elevator entrance), and plenty of parking all around the City Hall block. 

Win $100 to spend on NOS artists' work! 
If you're a FAN of the NOS Facebook page, you can get 2 free raffle tickets when you come to the Fall Juried Show Nov 5-6, at Newton City Hall. 
Not A Fan Yet? Like our page , and get your raffle tix at the show!

The raffle will be drawn at the end of the weekend, and the prize is good for a year, or can be applied to purchases at the Nov 5-6 2016 Fall Juried show. Save your receipts when you buy goodies Nov. 5-6 - you may be the lucky winner!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Newton Open Studios is back! Please come and visit m e at my solo show at my home!

Support Local artists - Please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested!

Don't Miss NOS 2016! 
Small Balloon Logo 150 pix wide
April 9 & 10
Sat. & Sun, 11am to 5pm, free.

Join thousands of area residents, at one of the largest and longest running public art events in the region - now in our 19th year!

Indulge Your Curiosity!
160 artist at 50 pop-up exhibit/sales locations all across Newton will offer paintings, jewelry, ceramics, fabric and woven goods, watercolors, sculpture, photography, silkscreens, and more. A Festive Setting to browse and explore. Buy art and beautifully crafted objects directly from local artists.
Special Events!
Check the list on the website home page as we continue to add special events, demos and extended hour locations over the next weeks. For instance, this year, we will offer our first Slow Art Day Event, at City Hall on Saturday April 9th, during NOS.
Get Your Guide!
It has tons of artist info and a full map for easy navigation. Downloaded it from the NOS website, or find it at the Newton Free Library and at local businesses.
All the NOS locations have ample free parking, and many have handicap access. Red balloons mark the locations.
Flash Exhibit Preview!
Join us at the Newton Free Library for a "flash exhibit" preview reception on April 6th at 7pm. Meet artists, and see a wide sampling of the art and craft that will be on view during the NOS weekend event.