Inspirations and Telling Stories:
I like to explore and capture ordinary but meaningful moments that make up our lives. Most of my work is focused on creating portraits of people, places, or things that I find around me; becoming a visual storyteller. I find inspirations in many places: photographs, artist models from my weekly drawing classes, or from my imagination.
My Tool Box of Methods:
Drawing and Painting and Stitching…Repeated Again and Again and Again…
I draw and paint my figures from artist models in a drawing class format, other times from photographs. They are painted onto whole cloth canvas. The figures are then placed into a scene of my imagination to tell a story.
My current favorite painting media involves water-soluble techniques on canvas: Neocolor II water-soluble crayons, Derwent Intense colored pencils and Createx airbrush paints.
My painted images are enhanced with applique, many layers of stitching (before, during and after the painting) and the adding embellishments as I create the scene they will live in.
Fabric, more Fabric and even more Fabric plus Stitching…
Sometimes I use fabrics without the painting or drawing elements. I use ranges of textiles (commercial cottons, batiks, silks, hand-dyes, tulle, organza, burlap, whatever works!) in pieced, fused or raw edge sewn applique methods, using both hand and machine stitching. I like to work spontaneously, letting the fabric’ colors, textures and subject drive my design.
Technology – iPhones + iPads + Printers + Stitching = Art Quilts
I also like exploring new techniques. Most recently I have incorporated digital techniques in my creative process. I decided to create art portraying how we relate to others with our all-consuming use of technology. What better way to do that than with my own digital devices, my iPhone and iPad? “Fight fire with fire,” as the old saying goes.
I use photographs taken with my iPhone of both friends, family and strangers together using their mobile devices, a series I am calling “Alone/Together”. (Yes I have become a paparazzi -stalking and snapping photos of unsuspecting cell phone users.) My candid photographs are then turned into drawings using various art programs on my iPad. From the iPad, I then print the drawings onto whole cloth fabric on my home printer. The next step is to stitch and collage them into an art quilt. It is a wonderful “marriage” of the latest technology with the traditions of quilting.
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