My Collages in mixed media led me to manipulating a yard of burlap and the realization that I needed a warp, a structure to hold fibers in place, a field of taut threads to work into.
So, I took a weaving workshop at a local craft center and learned how to warp a loom. The drum-tight grid of fiber running in one direction provided a neutral background for me to use as a canvas. I painted and dyed it, wove into it, twisted other material onto it, gathered it, pinched it, shred it, cut it away, and stitched over it.
I’ve chosen to stretch these and incorporate the mat/background into the final piece. Each piece has yielded new ideas and techniques and future work may explore sculpture, larger pieces, and digital printing.
Red Now became the bridge between the Collages and Fine Art. It’s the last in the Collage series, slightly larger than the others, and working with the swatches of monochromatic clothing led me to experimenting with a yard of burlap that took me to an experimental fiber series.
This piece is barely contained in the ten-inch square frame. It was woven with a grey linen warp and includes hand painted paper, wire, cotton, linen, and silk thread.
30” x 30”. Linen, cotton, hand painted paper, wire.
12” wide, 5” tall. Form your two hands into a circle and that’s the diameter. It was woven with linen and wire and cut off the loom with a prayer and outstretched fingers. It took this form magically, on its own, and opened up my mind to a whole new world of suspending lines in space; of taking drawing off the page.
32” x 32”. Linen, cotton, silk, hand painted paper, wire.
Each square got darker and denser as I worked my way through this piece. The edges weren’t smooth and I mended them with wire. The top fringe needed tacking down and I did it stitch by stitch, each one individually knotted. My father also passed away just as I finished it. I was grieving while I worked.
32” x 34”. Linen, cotton, silk, hand painted paper, wire.
42" x 29". Digital photography on linen, paper, silk
Passing Over came from a desire to work larger, explore digital printing on fabric, and the need to compose in portable pieces. I am always pulled along by the energy and momentum of city streets, yet drawn to slow down and stop and notice small bits of paper and nature that litter my way. Silk stitching on digital printing creates a similar tension: small, soft, and meditative on a larger, colder mechanical surface.
20" x 20". Digital photography on linen, paper, silk.
Urban Hike zigs and zags like all city walking. Sky rendered geometric when caught between buildings, yellow street markings generally ignored, Central Park always in our mind's eye, and comfortable shoes.