Recycled Reef is made of over 90% recycled materials slavaged from the city dump, many neighbors’ garages, Habitat for Humanity, and the Goodwill Store. The materials are covered with free-motion stitching and include crocheted, smocked, embroidered, painted, dyed, and beaded surfaces. The statment is that we should reduce, reuse and recycle to help preserve the world’s endangered reefs.
Exhibited in “Connecting Threads” at the Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO 2010.
organza, silk and cotton, polyester threads, jewelry wire
This botanic vessel captures the form of a pitcher plant’s flower and stem. The stitching was designed to show the texture and vivid colors of the plant. The inside is lined with organza to represent the slippery nectar that traps the plant’s prey. Inside is an image of a tree frog, prey or waiting for prey?
Exhibited at “Manic Botanics” at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO, July 16 through August 16, 2013.
cotton and organza, polyester threads, jewelry wire
The placement of the orchid within a large field of foliage symbolizes how the plant is often grown nestled among other plants. Orchid blossoms are complex structures, but I chose a very simple folded circle to represent their beauty. Inside the vessel is an image of a dragonfly, also complex but beautiful.
Exhibited in “Muses” at the Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO, 2011. Sold to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Fort Collins, CO.
Shards wasn’t my first 3 dimensional work, but it was a pivotal one. Technically it is a quilt — it has 3 layers of fabric held together by stitching. And it is not a quilt — it isn’t flat, square, or bedding related. It is my rebellion against all that a quilt is supposed to be. Inside is the image of a fierce but comic frilled lizard. Shards is thus a fitting self-portrait.
Exhibited in “Frontiers” at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO, 2011. Honorable Mention in the “2012 Quilt Festival,” La Conner Quilt Museum, La Conner, WA 2012. To be exhibited in “Fantastic Fibers” at the Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, April, 2013.
The Shards series was inspired by a trip to Mesa Verde National Park. The spiral twist to the panel construction represents the twists found on all the cedar trees in the park. Inside the vessel is an image of a coyote, also part of the beauty of the park.
Exhibited in “Muses” at the Durango Art Center, Durango, CO 2011.
Flower Box is both a pop up construction and a fold up work. The entire piece folds up into a 12 X 16 X 12 inch cube for storage, or open to a flat base of 33 X 44. The works uses many basic pop up forms and features free-motion quilting, beading and origami structures.
cotton and organza, polyester threads, jewelry wire
This vessel was designed to capture both the form of a protea blossom and the way light is fractured by the spirals in the blossom. In Wabi Sabi fashion, each panel is different and assymetrical. The image inside is of a ladybug.
Won Honorable Mention in the “Fabric of Legacies: 2011″ at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, CO, 2011 Exhibited in the “La Conner Quilt Festival: 2012″, at the La Conner Quilt Museum, La Conner, WA, 2012. To be exhibited in “Fantastic Fibers” at the Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY April, 2013.
cotton and organza, polyester thread, PlexiGlas stand
This free-standing fabric sculpture uses my hand-painted fabrics and ribbons of quilted organza to represent intense solar flares. The spherical form rests on a PlexiGlas support but can also be hung from above.
Exhibited in “New Legacies:Contemporary Art Quilts” at the Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO 2012. “Threads of Change: Colorado Textiles Now” at the Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, July 13 through September 1, 2013.
organza layered and stitched with polyester thread, glass beading, PlexiGlas frame
This free-standing fabric sculpture has 3 simple panels of layered organza sculpted to represent the form, colors and motion of the Aurora Borealis. I chose a 3 dimensional PlexiGlas frame to suspend the work so that it can be viewed from all sides and let the light pass through. Extra glass beading catches additonal light.
Grand Prize Award at the “New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts” exhibit at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, CO 2012. Threads of Change: Colorado Textiles Now, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, July 13 through September 1, 2013.
Twister is a 3 dimensional Pop Up quilt, mounted in a PlexiGlas frame. The frame is hinged to allow the viewer to open and close the work, to see how it swivels and turns.
Exhibited in “Threads of Change: Colorado Textiles Now”, at the Foothills Arts Center, Golden, CO , July 12 through September 1, 2013. “25th Anniversary Exhibit :FRCQ, Dairy Center for he Arts, Boulder CO, February 2014.
A nurse tree is a fallen log that in its decay gives life to new growth. This vessel is displayed horizontally to emphasize this phase of existence. The slight twist in the trunk panels mimics the way redwood trees grow. Inside is an image of a young raccoon.
Exhibited at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival, Loveland, CO. 2011. Exhibited at “Manic Botanics” at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO, July 16 through August 16, 2013.
satin, organza, rayon and cotton threads, jewelry wire, Plexiglas
Hokusai’s Wave is an abstraction of the famous wave painting of Japanese artist, Hokusai. It is a pop up construction, mounted on a frame to allow the viewer to see through the wave from the same perspective as The Great Wave of Katagawa.
satin, organza, chiffon stitched with polyester threads, glass beads, wood and jewelry wire
Reef Forms is a collection of forms that represent some of the life forms found on a coral reef. The color palette was also chosen to mimic light filtered sea water. Each of the two vessels holds a small fabric sculpture of yet another reef form. The tendril-shaped sculpture suggests the motion of the sea.
Exhibited at the Denver Quilt Festival, 2012 in the Front Range Contemporary Quilters’ exhibit, and in the “New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts” at the Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO 2012.
cotton and organza stitched with ployester thread, jewelry wire
Lily was the first of a series of fiber vessels with a botanic theme. I wanted to capture the form of a lily without a literal translation of it. Inside is an image of a bullfrog. All of my vessels contain an animal spirit to balance their botanic forms.
Lily I was exhibited and sold at the Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO, 2011. Lily II is a variation of the form and color created in 2012. Lily II exhibited “Manic Botanics” at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO, July 16 through August 16, 2013.
The cottonwood comes from the shores of a lake near my home. The granite base is Rocky Mountain stone. The columbine is the Colorado state flower. The hummingbird is modeled after those at my bird feeder. Its extra organza wings represent the motion of hovering flight.
Exhibited in “Frontiers” at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO 2011.