Tear, a homograph, depicts my anguish for the rending of my illusion of our social fabric. The original flour paste resistpiece illustrated the fracturing of the surface. Slashing the piece allowed me to reverse applique the brilliant scarlet dupioni, the wounds are now exposed.
hand dyed and printed silk, commercially dyed dupioni and woven silk, serged silk and wool remnants crocheted. Cotton and silk and wool threads 16w X 16"H
This woven and heavily embellished image began as two separate surface designed pieces torn down and woven together. The cloche shape began to appear after they were woven and the crocheted serger remnants were applied. Additional dupioni was woven into the surface and was augmented with hand stitching. The visual rhythm captures the jazz that was popular with cloche hats in the 1920s.
Mono printed silk broadcloth, overprinted, collaged, organza, hand stitched, serged remnants 16"w X 14"H
Entangled began as one of several mono prints using ovoid or enclosed forms. As the piece evolved, I over-printed and added collaged pieces of hand printed silk organza, delicately stitched and embroidered. I had been looking at Louise Bourgeois and the inclusion of the remnants from some serged edges added the menace I was feeling from this work.
Mono printed broadcloth, over printed, hand drawn, silk organza appliqué , beaded couched, stitched 17.5"w x 19"h
Enclosed is part of a series of dyed mono prints using enclosed or ovoid forms as a starting point. I began drawing into thickened dye and printing on silk, Layers of patterns were printed next, then direct drawing with dye. Previously dyed silk organza was layered on to the piece and the surface was embellish with stitching beads and couched thread. This womb like form feels safely enclosed.
flour paste resist on cotton, stitched. woven, collaged printed and plain silk.22.5"x31"
Organic vs geometric shape, transparent vs. opaque, textured vs. smooth, patterned vs. solid, hard edge vs. soft, these are the visual elements I am juggling in Breaking Away. I hope the viewer will experience dynamic movement, from foreground to background, through the cacophony of textures.The repetition of the oval shapes keeps us orbiting within this universe, connecting or spinning off.
Silk, digital photograph, shibori, sitching 22.5”x 21”
I find the images of the smoke spewing industrial stacks ominous. I dgitally printed the stacks on sheer silk organza along with shibori, hand screened silks to create this piece. Some are dyed greens that reference Sheele’s arsenic based dye. This collage ties together my sense of the dangers of the Victorian and later Industrial revolution and luxurious wealth. Luxury founded in Industry.