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stitch experiments

fragments : small stitched compositions

I’ve been experimenting with small compositions – making marks and texture with thread, exploring, observing and maybe expanding my vocabulary of stitches. Some are organic feeling marks – spilling out of the botanical things I’ve been working on and some  mix with and echo the meandering stitches of mends and intricate darning I find in […]

on June 23, 2016 7
paper mache ship work

paper mache, equanimity and a tiny gentleman sailor

Paper mache is good for my brain and spirit. It requires just enough attention – all those little pieces of paper – It’s a very effective antidote to stress and anxiety and good for percolating ideas – my hands are busy and my mind wanders gently around. It takes me a little while to settle […]

on June 16, 2016 6

botanical experiments

This big pink flower woke me up last night. It’s one of the new botanical experiments I’ve been working on and it was finished but I didn’t love it- something wasn’t right. The original stem and roots felt too delicate, too fussy for the flower and out of balance – that idea would not leave […]

on June 9, 2016 15
tiny rag dolls

very small doll work

Please meet miss thistle and miss laurel – tiny rag dolls #1 and #2.  Little ladies in fancy underwear. They have dresses too and wool shawls for chilly nights. They were such fun to make – I’ve been working on the design for a while – working out details like tiny dresses that can come […]

on June 7, 2016 18
mr. cups

pixie toadstools and mr. cups

Meet Mr. Cups! My new helper – I found him upstate last weekend in a fabulously junky junk shop – he makes a very cheery pin holder. I love the way his details are painted – I looked him up and found out he was made in Japan in the forties and there is a […]

on June 2, 2016 6
metal and ceramic drawer

what’s in my drawers

You know – the good ones- not the messy ones overstuffed with un-filed receipts and mail and pens that don’t work (I have those too). The drawers with good messes – those are the ones I want to show you –  jumbles of stuff I use everyday mixed with stuff I like to look at, […]

on May 19, 2016 8
Made Happy by Pictalo