Friday, April 18, 2014

Latest tiny gun pillow

Latest "tiny gun pillow" based on Montana Ray's poem, "(back to the future)." Thanks, Montana! 

The salmon color is from beet dye. After boiling beets, I used the remaining water to dye my fabrics. The variegated thread was store purchased. Some of the thread's color is very close to the fabric color. I like the "come and go" look of the text, and the concealing and revealing the poem.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

You're my patch of grass...

More experiments with sculptural embroidery: "you're my patch of grass in an arid field." We've had so much precipitation this winter, it's hard to think of anything in New York being arid, but I think you know what I mean.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pyramid Scheme

I'm loving experimenting with sculptural embroidery. Here is a new piece, small in scale, about 3" high x 5.5" wide and deep. Cut fabric with embroidery on painted fabric.

"your heart is a pyramid scheme"

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Crafting Home exhibition and opening

Dear blog readers and friends,

Last night was awesome. My first ever curated show, Crafting Home, opened at The Brooklyn Cottage, a creative incubator in a gorgeous, Prospect Heights brownstone. There were tons of guests, many of whom made new friends and stayed for longer than people tend to stay at openings. I think the marriage of beautiful work, an accessible space, enthusiastic artists, and a gracious host (thanks, Jenny Douglas) works wonders.

If you happen to be in the NYC area, stop by today, 3/1, 2-6pm or tomorrow, 3/2, 1-4pm and catch this short-lived, gem of a show.

The Brooklyn Cottage is located at 301 Sterling Place in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, near the Grand Army Plaza 2/3 subway stop.

Artists pictured, from left to right, top row:
Courtney Anne Buckland, Cynthia Alberto, Katherine Matos, Karl Larson, Jenny Belin
2nd row, from left to right:
Seldon Yuan, Anne Mourier, Meghan Willis, Iviva Olenick

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

F train couple, New Year's Day 2014

Sometimes watching people (purportedly) in love breeds hope.

Thanks, New Year's Day F train couple. You made it worth the ride to a lackluster art opening.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

He stepped in a pool of red paint...

I may have mentioned that I started writing poetry again, inspired in part by the wonderful poets with whom I interacted through my @EmbroideryPoems project. In a direction related to that work but with a twist, I am stitching parts of poems on dolls and their accoutrements and environments. This is my first attempt at this new process, in which I put together bits and pieces of ideas from various other projects. It is a very time-consuming process!

A lot of work and ideas lie ahead! This is just an excerpt of a poem in which I and a number of others appear. I should mention that my poems are like stories written in poem form with some internal rhyming.