I really love to make things! At one time or another I've tried various art forms, taking classes at several schools and institutions, and picking up bits of know-how from family and friends. My work in most of these disciplines has not advanced beyond student level. However, other work has been good enough to sell at art fairs and gift shops. I've also enjoyed opportunities to teach.
I've made so much jewelry, and so many kinds, that it has its own page.
Here is some of my other work, primarily in the area of fiber arts.
To make these paintings, I stretched the silk scarf horizontally on a special frame. These techniques require a large studio space. For the time-consuming resist paintings, I first drew the design with a tube of glue-like resist, then filled in the colors. Gold or colored resist (below left) stays in place. Clear resist washes out, leaving a white line between colors.
Around 1993, I switched to the quicker technique of painting directly on silk without resist. A background was painted with foam brushes. The next day, I could paint the design with sponge eye-shadow applicators.
As part of the workshop discipline, we each assembled a slide sheet containing 20 pieces of trash in a selected category every day, and we asked the whole school to collect bottle tops. At the end of the workshop, our group built a bottle top labyrinth on the deck.
As long as we completed certain assigned projects, we were free to make whatever we chose. Some made large structures in the woods.
Finger weaving, a craft of American Indian origin, is actually a form of braiding. It's very portable; you can do it right in your lap. Keeping all those loose ends in order requires concentration! These examples are all wool. At left are flat weaves, which can be simple diagonals or more complex designs such as the chevron and lightning patterns. The more dimensional examples at right can assume varying designs in a single braid, depending on which color you choose to put on top.
My first work of religious art was this playful nativity set of unglazed ceramic, made during an especially discouraging time in my life. Baby Jesus, at center, stands to greet the world! This set includes lots of angels, lots of shepherds, and many kinds of animals. The little gifts and the harps are separate pieces. At the far right, a king/wise man rides precariously on his camel. My sister, ceramicist Cathy Hart, let me use her studio and later fired the set for me.
If you would like to try this art form, I recommend the book Marbling on Fabric, by Daniel and Paula Cohen with Eden Gray, from Interweave Press.