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 […]

Art Meets Light

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Recently I took one of my VIDA scarves to visit its mother (aka the original artwork it was based on.) My three Flying Lessons artworks are part of the Art-in-Common exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona. Danielle and I had some fun with my camera and talked about the challenges of […]

NAHS: Just Do It!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Inspirations and Designing | 3 Comments

  This blog entry is dedicated to the 2016 inductees, officers and returning members of the Altoona Area High School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Congratulations to all of you! Thank you for inviting me to share some of my art with you tonight. Recently I had the honor of having an art […]

Right Under My Nose

Earlier this fall, I was reorganizing my studio space (aka basement.) and I found some forgotten jars of Versatex fabric silkscreen ink. This find inspired me to experiment with some paper and pre-cut stencils.¬† Supplies include: newsprint, plastic stencils, Bondo scrapers (and other random plastic cards), silkscreen frames, masking tape, cotton fabric, plates and spoons. […]

Freebie Friday!

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

As I announced on Facebook this week, I am giving away 4 of my original VIDA scarves today! Just review the 4 scarves below and select the one that you want. Look for the Leave a Reply¬†area at the bottom of the blog. Type your name and e-mail address in the required fields. Then type […]