Friday, February 17, 2017

My Light Green Heart

 My Light Green Heart    22.5" wide and 29" high  (57 x 74 cm ), 2017  old linen damask, procion dyes, cotton and wool threads,  Tucked, stitched and quilted by hand
how she submitted, 
loved,
loved her interior world
her interior wilderness
the primal forest inside her where among decayed tree trunks
her heart stood
light green


Rainer Maria Rilke
(using the female rather than male pronoun)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The River Beneath

The River Beneath  88 inches w by 84 inches h, (224 cm x 213 cm ) 2016, Silk fabrics and false starts from a life in quilting, 9 patch, big stitch hand quilting with perle cotton thread.
 The River Beneath (detail)
The River Beneath (detail)
All photos by Nick Dubecki, Sudbury.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

soft summer gone

Soft Summer Gone  2016

detail images only

full size of quilt is: 262 cm h x 256 cm  - approximately 100 inches by 100 inches
The fabrics are silk that have been dyed with local plants from Manitoulin Island
The piece is quilted with hand embroidery.   Silk and wool threads
Couching and stem stitch.

An image of the full piece will be shown May 2017.
This quilt is part of Quilt National 17,
The opening in the Dairy Barn, Athens Ohio May 27, 2017 - September 4 2017

Monday, July 25, 2016

moon cloth _ female figurine

 Moon Cloth     2016     Hand stitched hanging sculpture.
dimensions variable (135 cm h x 50 cm w x 16 cm d)
wool, indigo dye, cotton thread, silk thread, hand stitching   
Worked from the back of the cloth, strips cut from the bottom that were then couched in angles and circles.  The fabric became energized with hand work.
Inspired by the rotation of the moon, ancient female figurines from pre-history and the immensity of our vulnerable inner selves.
included in the exhibition

Hard Twist 11  Spin  Augut 26 2016 - January 8, 2017, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Ontario Canada.

Monday, April 18, 2016

large emptiness, small marks: a portfolio of sketches



 Large Emptiness Small Marks  2016  silk, cotton, rayon, linen damask fabrics stitched with cotton, silk and metallic threads.  36 pages within a hand stitched taffeta folder, each page is 33 cm x 33 cm.

A portfolio of sketches for large-scale (2.5 m or 90" ) square quilts.  Each 33 cm square cloth page is an idea for a larger cloth construction that will be filled with hand stitched marks.  A large square grid is formed when all thirty-six sketches are displayed at one time that measures 200 cm x 200 cm.
The squares are each filled with horizontal lines or large circles and are made from layers of lush, calm fabrics.  Each page is a complete idea and can be displayed singly or within a larger group.  This artwork encourages close physical engagement and considered viewing over time.  The slow actions of undoing buttonholes, opening the folder, and lifting each page encourages contemplation.   Unconscious memories are unlocked by the sense of touch.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Above Us


Above Us  2015   reverse side of  the air becomes cloth
silk,cotton, cotton and silk threads, quilted with reverse of hand embroidery
81 inches high, 40 inches wide

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

turning the air to cloth

turning the air to cloth  2015
linen, cotton, silk, procion mx dye, block printing ink, cotton and silk threads
batik, block print,completely hand stitched (hand construction, hand embroidery, hand quilting, hand quilting with embroidery
81 inches high, 40 inches wide (detail of hand embroidery shown above)
Birds in flight astound us when, moving in unison, their fleeting crosses darken the sky.
Suddenly they are gone and it's blue eternity again.

Exhibition:  In the spirit of Tom Thomson and the Group of seven
July 23 - August 7 2016 at the Perivale Gallery, Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island