These little figures are about 8 inches tall and hang on the wall. Each one is unique with individually sculpted heads, hands and feet. They wear knitted robes and handmade amulets. The figure to the left was inspired by the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, Arizona and has freshwater pearl buttons on his robe. The figure to the right was inspired by those wonderful guinea fowl and their beautiful spotted feathers. He wears a bone and bead amulet.
Monday, March 22, 2010
"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.
Friday, March 5, 2010
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
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
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.