Thursday, November 19, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas: 15 X 29 Bohemian Tapestry. My final fiber art endeavor for the year. I chose to place my Christmas Tree in the outdoors. Imagining that somewhere in the mountains where the air is crisp and cool, someone has decorated a small tree for the amusement of the mountain creatures and and an occasional hiker to enjoy. As Bob Ross says, "Just a happy little tree; it's your tree and you can put it anywhere you want." This can be purchased through The Polish Pottery Shoppe

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mikolaj: Polish Santa

Mikolaj: Polish Santa. 20X30 Bohemian Tapestry Designed for The Polish Pottery Shoppe. The polish word Mikolaj actually interprets as Nicholas. He is traditionally a polish saint who delivered good things to children during the Christmas Holy Days. I have placed him in a rural setting among the forest creatures and making his way to all those out of the way homes where Polish children await him. The cardinals are his companions, as well as a red fox who has befriended him on his journey. The bag of toys tells the story. You can purchase this at The Polish Pottery Shop  You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Snowman

The Snowman is another holiday Bohemian Tapestry. Most of the background fabrics are recycled from my collection of hand dyed, hand painted monoprints. Fabric paints are placed on a large piece of glass or on a rectangle made of Knox geletin.  The white fabric is placed on top and then carefully lifted. Although this can be repeated with the same paint the print will never be quite the same. Thus the name of "Monoprint." I have a pretty good collection of these to choose from with random colors and patterns. This is sort of like being in kindergarten and playing with finger paints. Once dry, these pieces of fabric are heat set with an iron and will not wash out. I like to use some of the Lumiere paints for variety. This can be purchased through the Polish Pottery Shoppe. This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jack's Place: 18 X 30 panel. July is the time when I start thinking about my fall exhibits. It is also one of the busiest times for art shows. So, in preparation for the season I have finished another wall hanging. Simplistic design and bright October colors are sure to please. I call it Jack's Place because it reminds me of a gathering of friends. The fox and bird enjoy the company of this friendly Jack O Lantern. The backdrop of the October sky against the fall leaves suggest the end of the season. This is another of my Bohemian Tapestries, made from the scraps of many former projects, held together with free motion quilting. My washing process results in extreme texture. This can be purchased at The Polish Pottery Shoppe You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Modern Sunrise

Modern Sunrise. Modern Quilt Design. In thinking about how to use some of the class samples from the Modern Design class, I thought about combining these designs with some of my other pursuits, such as my thread painted images. I use photos of animals to come up with a facet rendition of color elements. Once I have used my artist inner eye to deconstruct the image into color sections, I draw up a pattern and cut out the shapes. I use scraps of fabrics from previous projects to use as if they were paint. This is not really a process that can be taught. It comes from years of developing the eye of a painter. Breaking down objects into sections of color, tint and shade for contrast. My rooster now has a more modern purpose. He has become a design element for the modern quilt. I like the look of this and can even see it as something I could use for advertisements or posters. This can be purchased through  The Polish Pottery Shoppe. You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Morning Song

Morning Song: 18 X 30 Bohemian Tapestry Panel. This actually is one of my favorites. All of my tapestries done in this style have the appearance of impressionism paintings, but I think that the tree on which the birds communicate looks more realistic. It adds some diagonal focus to the composition and also makes a good contrast to the background. The yellow bird dominates the scene and makes the story plain. He is the main character in this narrative and his song breaks the air on this clear spring morning. Even the robin stops to listen. This can be purchased at The Polish Pottery Shoppe  This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Thrush: Bohemian Tapestry 18 X 30. This is another one of my raw edge tapestries with a bird theme. I wanted to make some things that would bring the sights of summer back from a very long and cold winter spell. The bird is done on a peltex stabilizer with thread painting. It is then applique'd onto the panel. These panels can be purchased through The Pollish Pottery Shoppe. You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays