Friday, January 24, 2014

Zoe's Birthday card

It's been a long time since I've posted anything.  Actually, I haven't even been making much of anything.  I thought if I forced myself to post this card I made for my daughter-in-law's birthday back in December that it might put me back in the habit.

I made the city skyline by sewing pieces of batik fabric with squares onto card stock.  I outlined some windows and doors and sewed on a moon.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Barely contained crazy

I finally finished my quilt-as-you-go contained crazy quilt.  I've been working on it for 3 years and decided that I either had to finish it or throw it away since I wan't going to move the pieces with me to the new house.  Part of the stumbling block, so to speak, was that I was throroughly sick of the squares and was NOT going to make more.  Since it wasn't big enough, I had to decide what the border would be and then figure out how to put the whole thing together.  Once I knuckled down and started sewing it together, it went better than expected.  But I kept running out of thread!  Each seam was zigzagged and then covered with seam binding that had to be sewn on both sides.  The thrill of finishing it was enhanced by actually liking how it turned out.  There were only a few pieces of fabric that I liked - they were leftovers, Bill's old shirts and pieces chosen by virtue of being blue, green or brown, - and I didn't like most of the squares individually.  But when put together it's really something to look at.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Idealized Notions of Beauty

I've just begun a new altered book. At this point, it has no theme other than the intention to do each page primarily in soulcollage style. Working from my now vast quantity of magazine images, I first chose the background, which I believe was from National Geographic, and then found myself adding statues of men. When I found the little guy in the corner trying to escape, I had a theme!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


For our second PS challenge, we chose "doorway" as the image to work with. I love the multiple doorways of this old ruin. An old photo of my daughter from camp added to the sense of multiplicities. I threw in an altered quote of T.S. Eliot.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Meg's Birthday Card

I made this card for Meg while she was at Mardi Gras and I was remembering how much fun I had the year that I went with them. I found an image I liked of a jester and cut out pieces to construct him. The hardest thing was getting the right size. Too big and it became much too large for a card, too small and I couldn't work with the tiny pieces. This one was just right. I was delighted when I went looking through my stash of stuff to find something to make the balls on the hat and skirt to find the perfect glue-on gems.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Marketing Fakarts

I designed this fake company one night in a fit of disgust at all the cliches I was seeing in Somerset Studio and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines. I was going to put a lot of work into making actual "artwork" that would demonstrate all the cliches and then send it into to Somerset Studio, but I decided it would be hard to tell the parody from some people's art. Instead I dashed off this flyer and sent it to my sister, thus getting it out of my system.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


I was cleaning my work room and came across this piece that I made awhile ago. I can barely remember working on it, but I suspect I was more motivated by the political message than I was to make art. Since little has changed politically since then, it still seems relevant. I can see that I was also experimenting with using gel and metallic pens on black.