With photographs, I love all things that take my breath away. Light, flowers, gardens, buildings, places I travel,the everyday random items of my house, just about anything that catches my eye!
I often turn my photos into cards. I print them and attach to blank card stock, I sometimes overlay text onto the photo. you will be able to oder some in the future stay tuned.
I have sewed most of my life. I embroidered gifts for grandparents as a child. I sewed my own clothes as a teenager. I made our first couch as a newlywed. and I've sewed countless things for my daughters. As my daughters grew I began doing small hand projects in fabric, frayed patchwork hearts, hangings with specific themes for specific personalities and they are now in the homes of friends.
I started a quilt project after reading a call for submissions to a competition in France. I decided to take the challenge and my first one metre square quilt was made, accepted and posted off to Provence. I didn't get to see the exhibition in person but I saw lots of photos and it did return to me safely.
Since then I have studied and begun doing abstracts in fabric. Sometimes they are combinations of commercial fabric and printed photographs. All of them are my own designs and are mostly develop as I work with them. I'm beginning to plan ahead now but still prefer to the spontaneous approach.
this one uses the same hand dyed fabric as the provence quilt, as the background but the light and shadows reminded me of a forest and my photographs of old totems printed on organza took me into the idea of spirits in the trees. This one is all hand sewed and has silk yarn added to allude to goat's beard.
This one started out as the backing to spirit trees. But as it developed it became its own piece and It hangs in my own living room.
This was my first quilt challenge . It was made for the topic of Ochre. It is purchased one of a kind hand dyed fabric with photos printed on organza appliquéd onto the background . Antique buttons decorate the borders.
This started as a watercolour painting. I enlarged a small section and appliquéd it onto a larger piece of linen. backed it with hand made paper and framed it
This is the second one of the conversations series, taken from the same small water colour painting. It is appliquéd commercial batiks.
monkey for Lucas
This shows a planned sequence of quilt making. It had to be ready for my new grandson! All of it was hand sewed. The photos referenced were taken in Costa Rica, when we were there for my eldest daughter's wedding. I thought it was fitting that my grandson receive a monkey for his arrival into our world! And quite by accident he is a monkey too!
quilt block show
These are the 18 quilt blocks I made using archival photos from the Glenbow Museum, printed on fabric , hand pieced with cotton and wool, and hand embroidered.
Painting with acrylics is my newest adventure. I put on the music and let the paint dance across the surface. I love the vibrant colours and will post more in a portfolio folder as soon as they are done and photographed.