Thursday, September 28, 2017

Eco-Printing and Art Dolls

My newest passion is eco-printing!  I love that you can take leaves and flowers from your own garden and print them directly onto fabric.  Here are two of my newest eco-printed dolls, which will debut at the International Quilt Festival this year in the TAODA "Past and Present" art doll exhibit. 

Remembrance and Anticipation

Both pieces are made with hand dyed silk satin, silk gauze and pearl cotton braid.

Remembrance is printed with oak leaves, which symbolizes strength and stability.  

Anticipation is printed with Chinese tallow and chinaberry leaves, symbolizing radiance and hope. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

New Show at Galveston Art League

The Texas Association of Original Doll Artists has a new show at the Galveston Art League.  The show, "Galveston, Oh Galveston", is designed to highlight historical sites, tourist attractions, and annual events on the island. 

I have two pieces in this show:
"Adella and Albie"
Adella's tail and Albie's shell are tussah silk fusion

Adella's mohair locks are adorned with tiny shells and beads.

Adella and Albie are soft sculpture; facial features are colored with pastels and prisma pencils.
The title card which accompanies Adella and Albie says: "The waters surrounding Galveston Island support a wide variety of sea life."  

My second piece is "Flow My Tears":
This is a hanging piece.  It was hard to get a good photograph. She is 24" tall.  Her gown is hand dyed silk habotai.  Her cloak is nuno felted 
merino wool and metallic silver netting with silk chiffon rosettes and beads.  The title card states: "The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is the deadliest natural disaster in United States history."  This piece was inspired by something I had read recently about all the orphans who had perished in the hurricane along with the Sisters of Charity who cared for them at St. Mary's Orphan Asylum.

Some photos from the opening reception:

 These were taken my my daughter. 

It's a great show!  Lots of wonderful dolls and more.  The show runs through July 30.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

Profile Article: A for Artistic

I am thrilled and honored to be profiled in the current issue of A for Artistic e-magazine!  It's a wonderful ten page article!  Thanks so much Adele Sciortino for including me in your beautiful magazine!
Here is a link to purchase the issue, or subscribe to the magazine:
a page from the article

Monday, October 17, 2016

Joie de Vivre

Lately I have become interested in (obsessed with) botanical eco printing.  Here is a new piece using this technique.

"Joie de Vivre"

She is wearing a silk tunic with vintage trim and Hawaiian beads.  Her cotton booties are topped with a felt ball.  Her hat is an acorn cap that has been dry brushed with pink lumiere paint.  

And her trousers are printed with Chinese tallow leaves and another leaf that I can't identify (but have had success with and it grows prolifically around here).

To finish the piece I did some botanical printing on card stock, ran it through my printer and attached it to the underside of the base.

This piece will be displayed at the International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, TX October 29-November 6.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

North Carolina Adventures

Bob and I just got back from beautiful North Carolina.  Our first stop was the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, where we celebrated our thirty-fourth anniversary!
These beautiful flowers were waiting for me in our room when we arrived.

We had a lovely dinner on the terrace.

What a view!

We spent one day hiking to Catawba Falls.

Another day was spent at The Biltmore.
The view behind the house
Hundreds of carvings outside

View from the roof

On exhibit in various rooms of the house were period wedding dresses from many different movies.

Next, we headed to Huntersville, where I took a water color workshop at Donna Downey Studios with the fabulous Jane Davenport.  Here are a couple of my efforts in progress:

Thank you Jane for a FUN workshop!