Friday, September 5, 2014


I really like doing small pieces as I usually am working around everyone and everything. I do love the big "sink your teeth into" pieces also, but smaller ones allow me to be creative and move on to something else. I just finished up another small piece using some digital imagery I had printed on fabric.  
 I also get a chance to try out new surface design techniques without a big investment in time or fabric. This piece has a lot going on -  silkscreen, discharge, digital printing, decorative thread work.
 I used a silkscreen of a tree on top of the castle image. I also used it on the orange stripe to give it a little more visual texture.
 I love my silkscreen of thistles which I made from thistles I picked years ago on a morning walk. I do like the colors in this piece but it is quite subdued and needed some added pizazz; I thought stitching with a sparkly thread would help.
 I used thickened discharge paste and screened images of trees along the bottom. The images came from my enormous file of tree pictures, many of which I photographed along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Here is the finished piece quite squared off but my photgraphy does distort it and make the edges look uneven. Have a glorious weekend.


  1. I've been thinking about using photos in some way for a while and your piece is really inspirational. I love how your different techniques are combined to make a really atmospheric, evocative piece.