Tidepools

Tidepools

45" x 36" Hand dyed and commercial cottons, laces, braids, etc. Handmade rocks (embroidered, felted, beaded and stuffed), crochet, beading, machine quilting

Tidepools, Detail

Tidepools, Detail

Tidepools, Detail, Rocks

Tidepools, Detail, Rocks

Rainforest A

Rainforest A

47" x 37" Hand dyed and commercial cottons Soft edge appliqué, painting, machine embroidery, machine quilting, beading

Rainforest B

Rainforest B

43" x 34" Made for my beloved eldest granddaughter and her fiancé. Fabric collage, beads, charms Fused and raw edge appliqué, embroidery

Tea in the Marquee

Tea in the Marquee

48" x 28" Dyed and printed cottons Fused appliqué, individual stuffed tabs for the "marquee"

Party Bird

Party Bird

27" x 29" Inspired by the ocellated turkey of the Yucatán Peninsula. Hand dyed cottons Layered fused appliqué, machine quilting, sequin embellishment

Studies in Texture A

Studies in Texture A

5" x 7" Mixed media Layering, scrunching, fusing, burning, hand and machine embroidery, beading, embellishments, sun printing

Studies in Texture B

Studies in Texture B

5" x 7" Mixed media Layering, scrunching, fusing, burning, hand and machine embroidery, beading, embellishments, sun printing

Studies in Texture C

Studies in Texture C

5" x 7" Mixed media Layering, scrunching, fusing, burning, hand and machine embroidery, beading, embellishments, sun printing

Studies in Texture D

Studies in Texture D

5" x 7" Mixed media Layering, scrunching, fusing, burning, hand and machine embroidery, beading, embellishments, sun printing

Studies in Texture E

Studies in Texture E

5" x 7" Mixed media Layering, scrunching, fusing, burning, hand and machine embroidery, beading, embellishments, sun printing

Studies in Texture F

Studies in Texture F

5" x 7" Mixed media Layering, scrunching, fusing, burning, hand and machine embroidery, beading, embellishments, sun printing

Studies in Texture G

Studies in Texture G

5" x 7" Mixed media Layering, scrunching, fusing, burning, hand and machine embroidery, beading, embellishments, sun printing

Studies in Texture H

Studies in Texture H

5" x 7" Mixed media Layering, scrunching, fusing, burning, hand and machine embroidery, beading, embellishments, sun printing

Studies in Texture I

Studies in Texture I

5" x 7" Mixed media Layering, scrunching, fusing, burning, hand and machine embroidery, beading, embellishments, sun printing

Reading Nook

Reading Nook

29" x 24" Hand dyed and commercial cottons Soft edge and fused appliqué, machine quilting

Street

Street

56" x 36" Hand dyed and commercial cottons, mixed fabrics, laces, trims Soft edge appliqué, machine quilting, embellishments

Street, Detail

Street, Detail

When I asked my granddaughter Rahael for the subject of her choice she said "Tide pools" without hesitation. She had so many joyous memories of picnics on the California coast, of wading in tide pools, of having her finger gently nipped by a sea anemone.

 

I started reading up on the subject and looking at images. They were all rather brown and dreary looking and not my kind of colors. But the rocks were encrusted (a lovely word for a textile artist), barnacled, algaed, and the life which had evolved in these so amazingly suited for the vagaries of tide and environment. I started with the rocks – handmade, embroidered, felted, beaded and stuffed – and each one became a miniature landscape. Hardly like a real rock, but I was hooked. A whole bag of rocks needed many pools and so my scene became a series of interlinked pools. Rahael's only request was the inclusion of a sea lion and so he sits surveying the scene. I loved working on this piece and again I learnt a lot. Thank you, Rahael.