December 9, 2009

Compositional Conversation

I have had the distinct pleasure of being invited to participate
in a project called "Compositional Conversation."
In the words of its creator, artist Terry Jarrard-Dimond,
this is a "project designed to create dialogue between artists
and a textile construction, artists to artists and hopefully,
artist to audience...  The concept is simple: A composition
made of fabric is begun and then passed from artist to artist..."

Terry goes on to explain the process in detail in a blog
that she has set up specifically for this social, textile experiment.
I hope you will visit it and follow the process along with the participants
and, last but not least, add your thoughts to the conversation by going here.

September 22, 2009


Ill and poor his whole life,
he lived quietly in other people's shadows;
he held my tiny hand with great tenderness,
I could sense his ache,
the pain of being invisible.

August 28, 2009

Venezuelan Symphony

Venezuelan Symphony
37"h by 39"w

This is my memory of the beautiful llanos (plains) of Venezuela when
crossed on horseback -- land as far as the eyes can see,
flowering trees, rivers, birds -- nature's symphony.
Every note, from dark to light, interpreted in cloth.

August 27, 2009

Orinoco (Series of 4)


It has been difficult to photograph this work because the dark
tones are very, very rich and intense, while the lighter ones
are almost diaphanous. Be sure to click on each photo to enlarge
it and that might help get a better feeling for the piece.

The inspiration is, again, the wild landscape of Venezuela
along the shores of the mighty Orinoco River.

August 24, 2009

Google Earth: Orinoco Delta

Google Earth: Orinoco Delta
39"h by 49"w

The idea for this piece is my own recollection of trips to the
jungle in Venezuela and canoe rides along the Orinoco River;
its waters are clear but the iron ore deposits of the area color
the bottom sand and the surrounding shores.

I made a large piece of felt from scratch using some lovely
Merino wool that I hand-dyed;  other sections were also
hand-dyed using rust shavings.

August 19, 2009

July 30, 2009

Salto Angel (Angel Falls)

Salto Angel (Angel Falls)
27"h by 31"w

The tallest waterfall in the world, Salto Angel or Angel Falls,
is located in Venezuela's jungle. I have explored it by canoe
and on foot and these are the colors of that wild landscape -- the
roaring foam rising high above the tree-tops, framing the spectacular view.

July 20, 2009

Central Station

The whole ...
... and some of the parts

Lampada Osram di fronte alla stazione

giornali, cartoline
le insegne, le reclames
la fila di tassi
la calca sopra i tram
annodi il tuo foulard
le otto e dieci ...

Grazie dei bei ricordi, Claudio Baglioni!
Lampada Osram (1975)

July 15, 2009

Art Quilting Studio Magazine Premier Issue

Below is a detail of Chinatown, a piece that I have had the privilege of
seeing published in a beautiful 2-page spread in the Art Quilting Studio
Magazine issue now on newsstands by Stampington and Co.:

Thank you, Stampington!

June 19, 2009

Heart Line

Page 139 of the debut issue of 
Stampington's Art Quilting Studio shows my piece,
 Heart Line, with a general explanation of its process. 
Thank you, Stampington Magazine!

March 3, 2009

What We Lose Along the Way

What We Lose Along the Way
51″h by 42w″

My piece "What We Lose Along The Way" now proudly hangs
in the atrium of Rock Hill's new Performance Center for the Arts. 

Thinking back to when as a teen I fantasized about what I would do
in life, who I might become, where I might go, what I might achieve,
led me to put some of those feelings into this piece, not with a sense
of regret but, rather, the realization that letting go of some things
allowed me to achieve others, perhaps unimaginable at the time.

Maps, ideas, years, friends, countries, fears … What have you
lost along the way?

On tour with the Mancuso Brothers’ exhibits throughout 2010.