Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Waiting for Sunrise

"Waiting for Sunrise" stands waiting for the first light of the morning. She is wrapped in a knitted robe and has her eyes close in anticipation of feeling the warmth of the sun on her face.  She was inspired by the beautiful sunrises I see from my home in the woods.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Calling the Crows Home

"Calling the Crows Home" was inspired by the crows that make their homes in the pines in the woods I live in. The nest inside the base is a scale replica of a crow's nest and contains three replica crow's eggs. She is over three feet tall. This piece is in a private collection.

These photos were taken by Robert Batey of Robert Batey Photography.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Girl With the Ginger Hair

Thank you to Robert Batey of Robert Batey Photography for these top two photos. This girl was inspired by a little blue doll dress of my mother's and a photo of my paternal grandmother. She stands on a pedestal made from old porch posts and barnwood.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Dancing With Blue Heron

This piece was inspired by the blue heron that visits our pond. The heron's graceful takeoff reminded me of Tai Chi movements.
I wove a selection of fabric and yarn using a rya technique for the body of the garment and knitted the sleeves. The pants are silk and there is a necklace of moonstones around the figure's neck.
This piece was exhibited in the "At Play" exhibit at the Small Gallery of the Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge, NY. It is now in a private collection.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Listening to Red Bird

This piece was exhibited in "A Common Thread",an exhibit at the Textile Center of Minnesota in 2009, and is now in a private collection.  Its garment is woven using the rya technique, a weaving technique developed by the Vikings who were inspired by the rugs they brought back from their expeditions to the Middle East. This figure has a linen "skin" over a batting wrapped wire armature and wears pants of dupioni silk.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mukti: Freedom

In an interview on NPR with Melissa Block, photographer Helen Levitt echoed my feelings about trying to talk about my work. Ms. Levitt said "If it were easy to talk about, I'd be a writer." "Since I'm inarticulate, I express myself with images."

So I will start with an image of a piece I did in 2008 for the Textile Center of Minnesota's exhibit "Freedom: The Fiber of Our Nation" which ran from August-October that year. The piece is titled "Mukti" which is Sanskrit for the freedom that is experienced when we finally shed all of our attachments to the earthly life and are released from the cycle of suffering, birth and rebirth. I was partly inspired by time I spent in Sri Lanka and India, and by Hindu and Buddhist beliefs .

I sculpted the head, hands and feet of paperclay on a wire armature and covered the armature with batting and a hand stitched burlap "skin." I covered the paperclay with several layers of gesso, acrylic and oil paints and sealed it. A hand sewn fabric robe made from recycled blue jeans and wrappings on his legs of cotton scrim are adorned with a necklace made from white feathers and antique cut glass beads that were given to me when I was in Sri Lanka.