Sunday, September 7, 2008
By the end of winter this year I had a lot of well worn, ratty looking tights. My desire to recycle these well loved clothing items into an art project yielded the above sculpture. I would love to do this on a really large scale- cover the walls and ceiling of a room, for example.
Nan is meant to hang from the ceiling so that the bottom of the piece hangs at about knee height. When installed properly (and not the hallway of my house in Providence) is becomes figurative- it is about the size of a large person and feels almost like a ghost floating in the room. I have incorporated cut out appliques, spray paint stencils, acrylic painting, and various sewing techniques to achieve a highly decorative effect. I was particularly careful to think about how light from within the sculpture affects the installation space. Both the amoeba-shaped light pattern on the floor and the leaf-shaped light patches shining through the black lace cut outs are essential elements of the sculpture. The slight draft created by a person walking past the sculpture is also an important element in that it changes the form of the light reflections on the floor and the walls.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
One of my strongest sources of inspiration in
The following series of prints are all inspired by the houses on the East Side of Providence. After taking a roll or two of pictures and making sketches of my favorite homes, I went into the studio and cut designs into several dozen small (8 X 8 inches) linoleum blocks. The focus of my lino block designs was architectural embellishment; I drew from the textures, patterns, and shapes of the decorative pieces adorning these charming
Once the designing and cutting was done, I inked each block with a lighter color and printed a small series for every block. I then returned to the lino blocks to subtract more material before inking again and printing the second color on top of the first. Thus I have two colors per print.
Below you will see an example of each print. The images that appear here have been cropped, but when printed on paper they have an inch of white border all around them. Approximate size of each print is 8 X 8 inches.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Floral Desk- with recycled house paint colors
Bar Stool Inspired by Indian Patterns
Trunk Inspired by Indian Patterns
I still love painting furniture, although I would say the peak of my passion for this craft happened at around age 17. I look for old shelves, chairs, or tables in stores such as Salvation Army which often sell very cheap wooden pieces begging to be refinished. The bar stool and trunk are painted with simple house paint and some acrylic paint (for smaller detail areas) and covered over with polyurethane. The Tea Shelf is painted with house paint, and then decoupaged with decorative wrapping paper.
Morocco: Laden Bike
Charleston: King Street
Richmond: Last Call
19th Street: And I Don't Feel Bad About It
Chinatown: Wish Me Luck, Pigeons
Strokestown: Cow Flowers
Scotland: Tea Towel Van
San Francisco: Peeling Paint
Providence: The Light and The Colors
Providence: The Bridge
This is a bag I made for my best friend Colleen (show modeling it in Charleston, SC). I have known Colleen since we were dramatic 13 year old girls. She is a constant inspiration to me. Though we have very different styles and fashion aesthetics, we always seem to work well off of one another. I created this bag for her last summer while she was living with me in Providence. It is something I might not wear myself, but it is very Colleen, and I love it.
I made this bag for my friend Reem this May. The black and white fabric is upholstery weight, with a black cotton lining with a subtle floral print (not shown). I like the strange little lace trim. Its an embellishment I am happy with.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
These bags are intended to be multi purpose. They could serve as cosmetics bags for traveling, or maybe as a pouch to hold wallet/phone/keys in an oversized shoulder bag. I produced about 10 bags in this series.
Each bag is quilted on both sides, which holds the outer fabric, quilted inner layer, and lining together. I used a free form quilting method- drawing various organic patterns with the sewing machine. No quilting pattern is repeated, although I made an effort to have both sides of one bag relate to eachother in line and form.