Figuratively Speaking – The Rymer Gallery

How thrilling to see “Homage to Tanning’s Cousins” on the Figuratively Speaking show poster!! It was exciting enough to find out the piece was accepted into the show, since I’ve never shown it locally. The Rymer Gallery is a spacious commercial gallery on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Nashville and part of the […]

NEXUS 2014

So I guess I have a little news. “Florathuroidea” was selected as one of 19 pieces for the NEXUS 2014 International Indoor Sculpture exhibit, as part of the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville. See all the entries HERE. If you recall, “Hydrotropia” was selected last year (different juror) and I received my first ever award […]

Aculeus

Noun 1. aculeus – a stiff sharp-pointed plant process plant process, enation – a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ pricker, prickle, spikelet, sticker, thorn, spine – a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf 2. aculeus – a sharp-pointed process especially a sting of a hymenopterous insect stinger […]

Polypore Slug

The sculpture had already been completed when I went about the task of figuring out what I’d made. A polypore is shelf or bracket fungus. And while I do equate this planimal with a sea creature, “slug” had a nicer ring than “nudibranch”. This piece is covered in soft merino and was made with both […]

Fear of Dyeing

614 days.  That’s how long it took from the “Paint a Wild Roving” workshop I took with Jan Quarles back on May 28, 2012 until I faced my fear and actually dyed roving at home. I’ve said it before on this blog: I am slow.  Knowing there would be a break in the freezing temps, […]

TextileArtist.org article & interview

The lovely Kate Barsotti of pencilandsheep.com wrote Needle Felting: From Factory to Gallery for TextileArtist.org. It’s an intriguing and humorous look at the history of felting, the differences between wet-felting and ‘dry’-felting schools and includes work & interviews from Stephanie Metz, Zoe Williams and myself. At the very beginning of my felting career, I did […]

Surface technique

It looks simple, and it is… except for the complicated parts. Make two-toned prefelt. Insert tiny glass marbles & secure with rubber bands. Needle-felt over base. Wet-felt. Needle-felt openings over marbles. Pop marbles out. Wet-felt again. Needle-felt again. See… nothing to it! 😉 *For reference, the marbles are 1/2″ diameter.

April Recap

How did a whole month pass me by so fast!? April was a great month and in a perfect universe I’d be blogging about every wonderful thing that happened. And before I get sidetracked into a discussion about perfection and humanity and ‘what is the universe, anyway”, I better just share the highlights with you […]