While many of the images of this new work are included in the 'old work' galleries, this page features not only the images in the order that the art-quilts came into being, but a bit about my introspective process, thoughts and the co-creative inspiration behind each piece.
HOW I WORK-
Quilting is a contemplative meditation practice for me. I hold something in my awareness that I want to understand, heal or explore and then I listen intuitively and respond in each moment to the inspiration I receive. Because I never plan a piece, this co-creative process is very much like a dance between self and spirit. The awareness that comes through often takes me by surprise as much as the finished pieces. This way of working has enhanced and honed my intuitive abilities as well as my creativity. I love Socrates exclamation that the unexamined life is not worth living. This quest is primary in my life. The work that comes out of that exploration is simply an extension of this introspective transmutation process.
Ceredwyn's Dream 58" x 21"
In 2012 abrupt and sudden change shifted my reality and my way of life was completely altered. I lost my husband, father and best friend in one felled swoop as well as my home, my studio and my income. But what I found within was beyond words.
During this time a series of tiny paintings emerged providing the creative space I needed to remain centered. Small and portable,
As is typical in my way of working I had no plan or idea in mind when I started this piece. I simply began following where the inspiration led. I was still without a home of my own, let alone a studio and I think this piece emerged as a way of grounding me. A light in the darkness, Mother Nature's embrace.
Fused applique of commercial, batik and discharged fabrics. Free
Branching Out = 38" x 15"
Not surprisingly this piece came next. I watched as it came into being without a thought as to where it would go. As I worked I really enjoyed the strength reflected in the weight of the weathered branch that was emerging. Personally, I was beginning to engage the world again... alone after decades of marriage, and in my mid-fifties! Only in hindsight did I understand t
Rabbit Holes and Old Crows 63" x 43"
Four years passed before I had a permanent studio to work in again. Newly married, this was the first piece that emerged once I moved into the new live/work studio I now enjoy. When I say emerged, I mean just that. I am never sure where the work will carry me or even what it comes to teach. I only know to follow where it leads. This piece documents the curious
The Key 30" x 30"
The black and white (or cream) pallet has always captivated me. Perhaps my early love of photography and my time spent in darkrooms is to blame, but there is something so dramatic about this neutral pallet that I wasn't surprised to see it continue in this next piece. The keyhole in the forehead and the 'E' shaped key representing 'enlightenment' is only half of the message in th
The Dream Thief 30" x 25"
Moving gently into a bit of color, the orange full moon of this piece was a complement to the pale blue introduced in the second piece in this series. I have always been fascinated with dreams. As a child I experienced a reoccurring dream for many years so perhaps that is what started the fascination. Later in life I studied dream analysis, began journaling my own dreams
Jester, Joker, Trickster, Trump 44" x 62"
Never in my life have I been political! Never. I always saw politics as a rigged game and had no interest in playing. But because my late husband followed politics I tried voting a couple of times and was sorely disappointed with the terms both served...and that was years before my rabbit hole education had even begun teaching me what I instinctively knew.
Rabbit Holes and Clown Shows; A Commentary on mainstream Media
46" x 58"
Well it seemed as if the dark carnival theme was going to continue...in both my work and upon the world stage. Having never attempted much in the way of english paper piecing or needle turned applique I was happy to see these elements making their way to center stage in this series. While I loved the circusy theme, the subject
Through A Glass Darkly 41" x 48"
One day I was playing on my computer with the imagery from one of those tiny paintings of mine. I had enjoyed the look and feel of the previous art-quilt so the idea of designing another with a central panel appealed to me. Short of printing images on fabric from my home printer I'd never really considered creating my own fabric. Designing my own, one-of-a-kind pane
Hanged Man & The Hermit 44" x 62"
Still on my design wall, and a work in progress, the inspiration for this piece came early on in the series and simply continued to evolve over time. Even I am unsure where it will carry me when all is done. As of this writing I'm elbow deep in the fun part of this co-creative dance.
Nature's Spirit Portals 52" x 52"
Another original digital panel based on one of those tiny paintings I created years before is featured in this art-quilt, this time in the round. Surrounded by fused applique fussy cut from commercial fabrics this piece carried me back to what matters most. My connection to nature, grounding in the consciousness that is all of existence, and the availability to be
This piece demonstrates the way intuitive guidance speaks to me so clearly and profoundly through creative energy. This art-quilt began as a simple exercise in improv quilting. Abstract imagery with no thought of figurative work. As I cut and placed the large monochromatic shapes against the dark background I began to see rock formations and found myself adding smaller and smaller 'peb
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