Monday, December 13, 2010

ABC News Interview

I was interviewed for our local news station today in conjunction with the TAODA show "Imagine" at the Jung Center.  Fellow artist Mary Wiggins was also interviewed.  Here is the segment:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Imagine Reception

Our show is up at the Jung Gallery!  The gallery is beautiful.  We have a wonderful mix of hanging and pedestal pieces.  Here is a shot of the gallery taken right after set up.

The opening reception was last night.  We had a wonderful crowd and great food!

Bob made this wonderful tomato mozzarella appetizer:

Here I am with two of my newest pieces, "Moon Dance" and "The Mermaid's Grotto".
I was pleased to find out that "The Mermaid's Grotto" sold to a very nice couple who have another one of my pieces.  They bought two other pieces at the show as well!

Here is a group shot of some of the artists in the show.

The inscription reads "Invoked or not invoked, God is present." 

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I'm really excited about a new gallery show I'm in!  The opening reception will be on Saturday, December 4, 5-7 p.m.  What a great way to begin the holiday season!  The show is "Imagine" at the Jung Center Gallery in Houston.
Here is the invitation:

And a map to the gallery:

Everyone's invited - hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quilt Festival

Last week was the International Quilt Festival here in Houston.  I was one of the lucky volunteers who got to set up the "Celebration of the Doll" exhibit.  I had some dolls in the exhibit as well.  My newest piece, "Moon Dance" was in the invitational portion of the exhibit:
Moon Dance

Here is my doll for the Material Girls part of the exhibit:

Heart of My Heart

This piece is cotton velvet, dyed, discharged, and over-dyed.  Then machine and hand embroidered, needle felted, heat distressed and heat embossed.   

I also took some classes during the week.  First, "Embossed Quilt Batting" with Rebekah Meier.  We covered books with our embossed batting.  Really fun and different.

The next day was "Color Theory" with Judy Coates Perez.

 This was very helpful to me as I've never had a color theory class before.  I highly recommend it & Judy is a great teacher!

The next class was "Fabric Patinas" with Tracie Huskamp.  This was a lot of fun. We used lots of cool products.  Here are just some of my class samples:

Some of my favorite techniques:

Aging Fabric

Rust and Verdigris


Last but not least was "TAP Tricks and Tips" with the wonderful Lesley Riley.  TAP stands for Transfer Artist Paper and works on all kinds of surfaces.  We learned techniques for using it on different kinds of fabric, papers, wood, metal and other things.  Great stuff!

some of my TAP samples

And if that wasn't enough, there was shopping galore!  More on that later.....

“Moon Dance” was inspired by a song of the same name.  The lyrics “It’s a marvelous night for a moon dance” just conjured an image of a dancing moon in my head.  The Moon is dressed in his finery:  velvet tail coat, silk vest, lace jabot and cuffs.  The base is painted to mimic a starry constellation in the night sky.

Friday, October 29, 2010


I recently got back from Wisconsin, where TAODA has a show at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg.

The museum is located in a historic 1850s stone farmhouse.  Our exhibit "Dolls for All Seasons" runs through January 9, 2011.  The opening reception was wonderful.  Museum president Terri Kirchner was there to welcome us, along with many of the board members and volunteers.
TAODA artist Adriana Esqueda, Terri Kirchner-museum president, TAODA artist Neva Waldt, and me.
The exhibit is displayed very imaginatively thanks to museum curator Luella Doss.
Here is Adriana with a Day of the Dead grouping of some of her amazing dolls.  Check out Adriana's wonderful blog:

A Halloween group

The lovely and talented Neva Waldt with her "Thief of Hearts"

Dolls by Joyce Patterson

Karin Otto-Burfict's "Santa Claus"

Pepper Hume's "Long John Silver"

Dolls by Tina Forster

In all there are seventy three dolls by fifteen artists.  It's a wonderful exhibit!

Wisconsin is beautiful country.  Here is a view from the museum.
Cedarburg is a charming town.

Cedarburg Mill

Cedarburg Creek

Lots of beautiful old churches.
Holy Hill Basilica

Here is the altar at Holy Hill Basilica and some faces carved on the columns in the church.

Some Cedarburg shops.....

.....and the last covered bridge in Wisconsin.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Weekend pt. 2

Saturday we feasted.

Christina the chef made an amazing Halloween themed dinner
Jack-o-Lantern Quesadillas


Sunday we carved pumpkins - haven't done that in years!

Rosie carving her pumpkim

Bob's pumpkin

Christina's pumpkin

Janet's pumpkin

Carved Pumpkins

Rosie, Christina, Bob, Janet
Oooh - scary!