Two Pots

Two Pots

37” x 58” Hand dyed and commercial fabrics – silk, organza, lace, etc. Scrunched appliqué, sun printing, quilting, embroidery, beading

Two Pots, Detail

Two Pots, Detail

Buzz in the Garden

Buzz in the Garden

24" x 24" Silks and poly silks, velvets, laces, embellishments Layered appliqué, fusing, burning, beading

Bird Gathering

Bird Gathering

34" x 22" Dyed background Fused appliqué of birds, vines, flowers

City by the River

City by the River

60" x 50" Hand dyed and commercial fabrics – cotton, silk, velvet, lace, organza, etc. Soft edge and fused appliqué, machine quilting

Caribbean Hues A

Caribbean Hues A

20" x 20" Dyed cottons Pieced and appliquéd

Caribbean Hues B

Caribbean Hues B

20" x 20" Dyed cottons Pieced and appliquéd

Embroiderer

Embroiderer

13" x 15" Sue Dove’s book "Painting with Stitches" has been a tremendous inspiration to me. I love her free embroidery technique and have done several pieces of my own design using her technique. This is done on canvas. The border is a hand embroidered band I bought at Dastakar.

And Then Some

And Then Some

30" x 36" Printed fabric "quiltlets". I saw the work of artist Teesha Moore and this particular technique that she used for journals and bags. It is a perfect technique to showcase special fabrics and the hand work is soothing. I have done several hangings, bags and cushion covers, using the same method. These are hand embroidered, quilted and then heavily embellished with beads, buttons, charms, etc. "And Then Some"... because there is no end to all the embellishment possibilities.

Blue Vase

Blue Vase

15" x 19" Hand dyed cottons, silks, poly silks, sheers, laces Layered and scrunched appliqué, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, beading

Carnival Bird

Carnival Bird

36" x 23" Hand dyed and commercial fabrics, crystals Soft edge appliqué, hand and machine quilting

Carnival Bird, Detail

Carnival Bird, Detail

Debut Vase

Debut Vase

17" x 21" Cottons, organzas, silks Layering, sculpting, embroidery, beading

Crucible

Crucible

16" x 16" Cottons, silks, organzas, laces Slashed, burnt, machine embroidered

Deer in the Clearing

Deer in the Clearing

31" x 24" Hand dyed cottons Sun printing, trapunto, embroidery on water-soluble fabric, multi-layered, stuffed and embroidered rock textures

Deer in the Clearing, Detail

Deer in the Clearing, Detail

Drizzle in the Garden

Drizzle in the Garden

16" x 20" Dyed cottons Slivers of fabric covered with tulle and sewn down, layering, small dimensional flowers

Soft Matisse, Gallery

Soft Matisse, Gallery

12" x 12" each Hand dyed cottons and commercial prints Fused and raw edge appliqué, quilting

Fabled City A

Fabled City A

56" x 46" Hand dyed and commercial fabrics – cotton, silk, lace, novelty fabrics Soft edge and fused appliqué, machine quilting

Fabled City B

Fabled City B

56" x 46" Hand dyed and commercial fabrics – cotton, silk, lace, novelty fabrics Soft edge and fused appliqué, machine quilting

The technique of scrunching up fabric and sewing it down to create flower compositions is one I have employed in several favourite pieces. Two Pots is featured in Lark Books’ 500 Art Quilts – An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work (2010). I was introduced to the very idea of “art quilts” in the 1990’s by British artist Lara Carter’s work. Lara used scrunched fabric for her stunning architectural images. I used that idea for several versions of my floral still life pieces. For me it is an opportunity again to showcase fabrics like chiffons and organzas, laces and yarns.

 

The “pebbles”, seen in the detail photo, are stuffed and embroidered, and the fern leaves are sun printed.