These studies are an opportunity to experiment with linear design and a limited color palette.
“Alley walking” is what I call my practice of gathering patterns created by overlapping slats and fences. I see these alley sights while happily crisscrossing my neighborhood on foot and recording them on my phone. The resulting photos have influenced my work for the past decade.
Medium: Dye and paint on silk, cotton and found fabrics, fused collage, some monoprinted, machine quilted
While I grew up in the North and wore a lot of plaid (wool!), I later I moved to Dallas, Texas, a city of big hair and animal prints. I went through culture shock and tried to find my identity among the Texans. Here is my mash-up: spotted and exotic pelt-like hues with an overlaid plaid grid. I am looking though one thing to see another.
Medium: Dye on silk, cotton, found fabrics, fused collage, machine quilted
I grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where wool plaid clothing was worn for warmth (and style!).
When my mom was teaching me how to sew (intermittent instruction from age ten to twenty), she would explain plaids and their structure, whether they were even or uneven. Together we tackled the challenge of cutting out and sewing a garment of the perfectly matched plaid. I still love a visual puzzle.
Medium: Dye and paint on silk, cotton, found fabrics, fused collage, machine quilted