Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!


Here are some Valentine Dolls through the years, beginning in the late 1990's through 2017.

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Exhibits at International Quilt Festival

Here are the dolls from the Gypsy Challenge.  They have not been judged yet, so the names and titles are not visible.


The quilts are magnificent.
This is the Best of Show: "Eternal Beauty" by Sherry Reynolds.  I heard her say she worked on it for 5 years!

"When Everyone's Heart Blooms" by Masako Sanada

"I Spy a Mouse" by Cristina Bono

"An Old Woman with Joyous Face" by Marina Landi



"Blue Anemone" by Andrea Brokenshire 

More beautiful quilts (I apologize for not having the artists' names and titles).





See all this year's winning quilts here.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Doll Exhibits - International Quilt Festival

It's that time again!  The International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston is happening now.  We (the Material Girls Cloth Doll Club) set up the doll exhibits last week.  There are 4 parts to the doll exhibit:  the Material Girls of Houston Cloth Doll exhibit, the Texas Association of Original Doll Artists exhibit, In Celebration of the Doll (the invitational portion), and the Gypsy Challenge.   

These are dolls from the Material Girls.
The Dolls on the left side are part of the "white on white" challenge.
This is my piece for the white challenge:  "Forgiven", based on Psalm 51:7 which reads

Purge me with hyssop,
and I shall be clean:
wash me, and I shall be
whiter than snow.

She is entirely cloth, soft sculpture. Her lower torso is felted wool with angelina and various fibers, beads and sequins.  Her top is made of silk and cotton lace.  The base is crackle glazed.  The hyssop in her hands is made of felted merino wool.  

The Texas Association of Original Doll Artists exhibit is titled "Time On Our Hands".  


My piece for the TAODA exhibit is titled "Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer Fall"
Again, these are entirely cloth, soft sculpted dolls.  Their bodies are made of felted merino wool, which has been hand embroidered, with silk blouses and a silk ribbon which links the seasons.

In Celebration of the Doll is an invitational exhibit and I am honored to be included again this year.


My piece is titled "Contemplation"

Her lower torso is felted with merino wool and various silk and wool fibers and beaded.  Her costume is made with brocades, silk, velvet and various trims and beads.

Later I will post photos of the Gypsy Challenge and other exhibits including the amazing quilts!




Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Sale!

This will be my first year to participate in the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston sale.  I'm bringing my eco printed scarves and one eco printed art doll.
"Amity"
Eucalyptus eco printed on felted wool

Some of my scarves:
Silk charmeuse printed with vitex, eucalyptus and pink coral vine

Silk charmeuse, cochineal dye, printed with vitex, golden rain tree and red bud

Silk satin printed with red bud and Japanese maple

Silk charmeuse, annatto dye, printed with strawberry, hydrangea and casuarina

Silk charneuse printed with hypericum, vitex and red bud



The sale will be this weekend, Friday October 26 and Saturday October 27, 10-5 both days.
2327 Commerce Street #106
Houston, TX  77002


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Archway Gallery 10th Annual Juried Exhibition

I am so honored to have work in the Tenth Annual Juried Exhibition 

The opening reception was last night.
Me and "Zenya"
a very nice turn out!

some of the pieces in the gallery before the reception began

My friend Marlene Slobin also had work in the show.

And another friend, Judith Shamp won Second Place with her wonderful piece!

My husband Bob, me, Marlene and her husband Lester
what a great crowd!

I love this photo that my daughter Rosie took of Marlene and me during the juror's talk. :)

It's a great show!  And it runs through August 2.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Natural Women

My newest series of art dolls:  Natural Women
Silk noil with botanical prints using various leaves.

 oak, maple & rose leaves


golden rain tree


golden rain tree, maple

maple, Japanese maple, loropetalum


 maple


maple, Japanese maple, loropetalum


These six dolls are now at Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas.

Here they are on the mantel inside the gallery.

This is a beautiful gallery, full of gorgeous art by Texas artists.  I'm honored to be included!



This is such a charming area.  Located in Henkel Square, full of unique shops, galleries and cafes.

Copper Shade Tree Gallery now has a second gallery!  This one is called "Fine Home" and has hand carved furniture and other beautiful things for the home.