Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Mobius Strip


I spent the past few months experimenting with mixed media sculptures and vessels. A twisted vine knot found during a walk through the woods was the starting point for the piece shown.  Using basketry reed and seagrass I woven a undulating shape that starts and ends at the knot as it twists into a type of mobius strip.  Color and texture was considered and repeated throughout the piece.

This sculpture will be part of the Carroll County Arts Council 18th Annual Members Show.  The exhibit displays a variety of mediums made by local artists.  The show is open to the public from September 28 to October 31, 2020.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Mixed media sculpture

I have been using this time at home to experiment with weaving with a variety of materials into freeform sculptures.  Basket reed, grasses, beads, and sticks of twisted vine are combined into shapes which mimic forms found in nature. The mixed media sculptures shown below start with round reed inserted into a drilled wooden base.  

Woven pod-like shapes are woven with reed and seagrass and attached to the wooden base.  Wooden beads are attached to the largest vessel that extends from on end of the twisted wooden stick. 

A pod-like vessel extends from one end of the wooden twist.  The round form closes upon itself and flattens to an arch of woven fibers which are attached to the other end of the wood creating a circular  loop.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Quarantined: Creating While Stuck

The Carroll County Arts Council invited artist to submit their creations for entry into an online exhibit.  From June 30 until August 31st works by 40 different artists will be displayed giving a glimpse into the creative process for many.  

The Covid 19 stay-at-home order provided the time and opportunity for me to experiment with the art of Temari thread weaving. The interplay of threads and colors became my focus, to busy my hands, soothe my mind and fire my imagination as I juggled life's challenges during these changing times. This is my entry. 

Juggling the Balls of Life

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Needle Felted Bella

These past few months at home have given me time to explore other crafts beyond basketry.  Needle felting is something that I have been dabbling with for about a year.

For my daughters birthday, I decided to needle felt a mini portrait sculpture of her boxer Bella. 

This was my first attempt to create a free standing felted sculpture.  I started with a pipe-cleaner skeleton covered with natural colored wool.  Once I was satisfied with the proportions of the body, I added the colored wool to mimic the fur patterns. 

 The finished piece is about 4.5" by 6" high.  
Bella  - the model

Monday, April 27, 2020

Threads Exhibit

What is a thread? Is it a strand of fibers? What is the thread that connects us together?  These were the questions posed in a call to artists for a juried show at the Carroll Arts Council . 

I was one of the twenty plus artists whose work was selected to be in the exhibit.  I created a mixed media sculpture of waxed linen open and closed vessels  attached to a twisted wooden stick. Beads and colorful threads also are incorporated into the piece. 

Due to Covid shutdowns, the exhibit is now a online catalog exhibit.  You can see the other interpretations, using a variety of media, of the concept of THREAD on the Arts Center website.

The sculpture is 18" long and stands 4" high

The mini vessels are 3" in diameter. 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Weaving with Palms

I have been experimenting weaving with the palms I had ordered for my church's Palm Sunday service.  Since they went unused this year I had an ample supply to weave. 

I started with some simple star and flower shapes.  I moved onto a heart-like wall-hanging with palm flowers attached.

Using the plated method of  basket weaving I tried a simple square vessel.   I then moved onto a small plated pouch with a flower accent and braided handle. 

                       I have a long way to go perfecting weaving with palms, but it was fun. 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Star Twill Bowl

I am keeping busy weaving baskets during this time of social distancing. 

Using flat oval natural reed with blue and brown dyed reed I wove a twill star pattern to form the base of a round bowl.

Gradually the sides of the bowl were raised while weaving a 3-3 twill with natural reed.  It creates a swirl pattern around the sides.

The rim was held in place with natural waxed linen thread.

The finished basket is 12" by 4".