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Appalachian Center for Craft Workshop Instructor Exhibition 2014

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Posted June 17, 2014

The Appalachian Center for Craft 2014 Workshop Instructor Exhibition is open! Stop by the beautiful campus near Smithville, Tennessee and have a bite in the cafe, take a hike, and see all of the amazing artwork. The exhibition runs through July 13, 2014.

For this exhibition, I created a new triptych: Botanique I, II and III. Each piece is mounted to a 12″x12″x1/2″ stretched canvas. I created these pieces this spring as an Idaho winter was slowly ending. I love the bright greens of spring!



Detail view. Stitching with variegated thread.




Botanique II. Created with quilts consisting of two layers of artist hand dyed batting, machine stitched between layers of black Kona cotton fabric.


Botanique III

Boutanique layout

Botanique I, II and III as a triptych. They can be displayed either vertically or horizontally.


Botanique I. Here you can see the edge detail of the painted canvas and the depth of the quilt pieces extending from the surface of the back quilt.


There are still spots in many workshops. For more information about the Appalachian Center for Craft workshops this summer:

Surface Design Association Conference

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Posted 6/23/11

I had a lovely time at the Surface Design Association Conference this month! I traveled to the lovely city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I saw so many lovely images and met lots of interesting artists.  As the SDA Creative Promise Award for Student Excellence Graduate Recipient for 2010, I also have a lovely spread in the current issue of the Surface Design Journal.


My work is still on display through August in the fair city of St. Paul in the Currents show at the Larson Gallery on the University of Minnesota Campus. I was pleased to be able to see the Surface Design Association Student Show in person.  Envy was awarded Second Place in this show!



I thought I’d share a few links of the lovely things you will want to purchase or investigate that I garnered during the conference. Enjoy!

Books and Resources:

India Flint, Natural Plant Dyes and Techniques
Book: Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles

Chunghie Lee, Korean Wrapping Bundles
New Book: Bojagi and Beyond
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Carolyn Kallenborn, Woven Lives DVD about Oaxacan Weaving Traditions.

Natalie Alabama Chanin, USA Cottage Hand Sewn Sustainable Clothing
Books: Alabama Stitch Book

Alabama Studio Style

Cave Paper: Handmade Papers by Amanda Degener and Bridget O’Malley

Spoonflower, Custom Printed Fabrics

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Book Arts Residencies/Fellowships

LFN Textiles: Artist’s Ribbons by Laura Foster Nicholson

Jiyoung Chung: Joomchi, traditional Korean Papermaking process
Book: Joomchi and Beyond

Quilt National 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Posted May 30, 2011


Greek: 72″H x 54″W x 2″D

Greetings! I have just returned from the great adventure of the opening of Quilt National 2011. This is my piece, Greek, that you can view at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio until September 5, 2011.  It is such an honor to be a part of this amazing exhibition. I was a first time exhibitor, as were about half of the exhibitors for this biennial. The quality and breadth makes for a really engaging exhibit. While the book/catalog is wonderful, it is so much more amazing to see the pieces in person.


Greek was awarded the “Most Innovative Use of the Medium”, which is generously sponsored by the Friends of FiberArt International. What a pleasure.

I met the most wonderful art quilters and friends of textile art!  People streamed in from all over the globe for the event. We had pieces from 13 countries and 22 states in the exhibit. 88 quilts are exhibited (85 are juried in), chosen by 3 wonderful jurors, from a sea of over 1000 entries.


Lastly, here is my piece and my very own sold sticker! I was delighted to meet the curator and collectors that purchased Greek for their collection.  What a wonderful experience. I can’t wait to get to my studio tomorrow and start on a new piece!


The delightful Judy Kirpich, fellow fiber artist that I met at a Nancy Crow workshop, has the honor of having her piece, Circles No. 4, grace the cover of the book.  Order your catalog of the exhibit here.

It takes a village

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Posted 5/10/11


A lovely group of fiber artists, led and curated by the fabulous Kathy York, have created a group fiber exhibit: “It takes a village”. I hope you get to see it in person soon at a venue near you! We were each invited to make a unique house for the village. I was truly delighted to make something really fun and whimsical!  As I searched for an idea, I knew I had found it when I decided to make a tree house.


My tree house is nestled into two trees, structurally created with Peltex interfacing. I used my own hand dyed fabrics, as well as some commercial batiks that I over painted to get them to the color and surface texture that I wanted. The tree leaves were created with my dyed cotton batting and commercial black and white print fabrics, backed with interfacing.

Any house of mine needs a skull banner to be inhabitable. However, my favorite part is the rope ladder! I hope you enjoy your studio tour of our village.

Check out all of the contributing artists and their lovely work. Join us for the rest of our blog tour!

Susan Else (website) May 2

Frances Holliday Alford May 3

Pamela Allen (website) May 4

Frieda Anderson May 5

Lisa Call May 6

Jane Davila May 9

Naomi Adams May 10

Jamie Fingal May 11

Barb Forrister May 12

Vickie Hallmark May 13

Connie Hudson May 16

Leslie Jenison May 17

Sherri McCauley May 18

Judy Perez May 19

Melanie Testa May 20

Laura Wasilowski May 23

Kathy York May 24

AMOA The Lining of Forgetting exhibit

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Posted 7/6/09


I drove over to the Austin Museum of Art over the weekend to check out their current exhibit, The Lining of Forgetting: Internal and External Memory in Art.  In my last post, I noted that I have been recently exploring my own visual memories. Most of my memories are visual, and for a long time I thought everyone’s brains worked this way.  My sister noted that she remembers the smell of my parent’s closet, and I can’t place it at all. Contrastingly, my husband’s memories are very auditory.

The exhibition explores memory, forgetting, and editing. The exhibition was really interesting, with lots of interesting pieces. My favorite was a dual screen computer generated work by David Rokeby.  It included a full year’s worth of surveillance of a small area in urban Montreal, with the images of the same little place in the world shown at various dates and times of day.  Really mesmerizing.

I created the woven image above in the hands on section of the museum, trying my hand at a grass mat weaving technique used by one of the artists in the exhibit. The artist, Dinh Q. Le, weaves C-prints together for his work included in this exhibit.

Here is a link to the museum site:

BTW, the gift shop was chock full of super crafter items and local artist wares. Thanks for supporting handmade and local, AMOA!

Round Rock Library Solo Show!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Posted 5/5/09


It’s up! You can see my work during the whole month of May 2009 at the Robert and Helen Griffith Library in Round Rock, TX.  Drop by and enjoy the show. The library is on Main Street in Round Rock, which has tons of good places to eat or have a cup of coffee.

The Robert G. and Helen Griffith Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock, TX  78664
512-218-7000 | Circulation: 512-218-7001

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday – Saturday
1 to 6 p.m. Sunday

The library director, Dale Ricklefs, was kind enough to ask me to share my textile art at their new gallery space on the first floor. Thank you, fellow quilter, Dale.  Thank you to Said Horozovic at the library, Jason King, and my ever enthusiastic husband, Tyler, for helping me prepare and hang the show.  I neglected to take anything but my camera phone with me yesterday to put up the show, but I will go back and take some better photos later!

Adam Bateman: books

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Posted 3/30/09



I can’t stop looking at it. I hope to catch Adam Bateman’s work in person, as it looks phenomenal. The linear quality and textures are just so graphic!

You can peruse his website here: There is also a bit about him and an exhibit of his work at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center that you can read about here. Thanks for sharing your work, Adam. 

Leaves for The Tree Project

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Posted 3/20/09


The International Fiber Collective is working on a collaborative project, Interdependence (The Tree Project). They have been collecting leaves made with fiber techniques for a tree installation.

A quote from their website: “Much like a live tree is interdependent on its leaves and roots for survival, societies are interdependent on the greater whole, family units, communities, and countries.”

Another artist noted on her blog that they will be accepting leaves past their original deadline, so I found a few minutes (i.e. got up earlier) this week to make a few leaves.

The leaf on the left was made with leftover pieces from a larger work I created last year, which involved cutting up whole quilted pieces and re-structuring them. The leaf in the middle is made from painted corrugated cardboard coffee cup sleeves that were then machine stitched. The leaf on the right was created with a leftover piece of interesting fabric that a fiber friend gave to me, which I painted and quilted. This fabric is used for disposable gowns, etc.

Thanks for the project, International Fiber Collective! I can’t wait to see the final installation photos.

Another gallery opening

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Posted 2/19/09


Branching Out (39″ x 43″, 2007) is off to spend a year on exhibition with The People’s Gallery.  You can join us for a celebration and gallery reception on February 20,2009 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street.  My piece is in a lovely hallway location with no damaging rays. I can’t wait to see all of the other works!

Copper Shade Tree Gallery Opening

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Posted 2/9/09


Detail, Lines IV, 13″ x 13″

What a great opening! I attended the opening reception for the Copper Shade Tree Gallery on Friday, and met an amazing group of artists! This show includes work of many wonderful fiber artists, whose work is diverse and interesting. I am excited to find their blogs and see more of these artist’s journeys. It was a real pleasure to attend and have my work as a part of the exhibit. Artwork that didn’t get snatched up at the opening will be up on their website this week!

Thank you, Gerald and Debbie for a great show.  “It’s not a quilt…or is it?” will be available through February 28, 2009.