Enjoying the Creative Journey

Enjoying the Creative Journey

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Inspirations and Designing | 4 Comments

I probably enjoy painting and printing my fabrics as much as I enjoy developing them into finished artworks. After visiting Yellowstone with my husband this past September, I was inspired by the colors and textures there to create some new fabrics. First I began with some break-down silkscreens. This is a process where your image […]

Inspired by Sunshine

Inspired by Sunshine

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

One of the things I enjoy about being a ‘Teaching Artist’ for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is the variety of people I get to meet and work with. Every residency is a unique and rewarding experience. Last summer my SAMA liaison, Jess Campbell, and I met with other board members of the Carrolltown […]

The Rest of the Pieces

The Rest of the Pieces

Posted by on May 5, 2019 in Art Quilts | 2 Comments

Last September I blogged about beginning my fabric collage of our dog, Sadie. Over the winter and early spring, I worked on this art quilt in between several other projects. As my palette of fabrics began to grow out of control, I vowed to complete Sadie by March. My last post had shown how the […]

Rethinking the Q Word

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Recently I was joined by a group of artists from around Pennsylvania to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of our art at the Bottle Works in Johnstown, PA. This was no different from any other gallery opening: people gathered to look at and talk about the art on exhibit: light refreshments; people taking pictures. […]

Piece By Piece

Piece By Piece

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Inspirations and Designing | 2 Comments

Those who know my art quilts know that I am not normally a ‘pieced fabric’ quilter. I prefer to paint and print whole cloth surface designs. But after discovering the amazing fabric collage art quilts of Susan Carlson, I decided to use her techniques to interpret a photograph I had taken of our dog, Sadie. […]

“Golden Hour” Fabrics

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Inspirations and Designing | 4 Comments

I never thought a selvage edge could be so exciting! My sample fabric recently arrived from the SAQA Golden Hour fabric design contest. Six lucky quilt artists had their fabric designs selected for Andover’s Golden Hour line of fabrics. Andover contributes a portion of its profits for this project to Studio Art Quilt Associates. Our […]

My Appalachia

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Art Quilts, Inspirations and Designing | 9 Comments

After reading J.D. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, I thought about my own deep ties to Appalachia. I also dug out one of my favorite local history books, Railroad City, also known by local historians as ‘the red book.’ I have gone to this source many times when referencing local housing styles. My very early beginnings […]

Making it My Own

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Downsizing and moving into a new home is a daunting task. Trying to make sense of how I wanted to set up my new studio space seemed overwhelming. Since unpacking and setting up our living spaces was first on our list, my designated studio area sat like this (and the next picture) for quite a […]

Print and Play

So what is this you might ask? The brand name is Gelli and it is a soft, flexible printing block. Very cool, but a little expensive (for the size.) Years ago when I was teaching printmaking, I used to make baking pans full of clear gelatin to take into school for my students to print […]

Block Printing 101

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Recently when I was delivering this artwork to a show, someone asked me how I had made it. Like the artist pack rat that I am, I replied, “Oh, it’s a collage from prints that I found in my studio.” Those of you who are artists yourselves know exactly what I am referring to. That […]