Wednesday
Jan082014

Building Blocks

Cutting and piecing for the Brink, December 2013.

Wednesday
Jan082014

Foundations

Working with handwoven grids to create foundations for paintings.

Wednesday
Jan082014

Balancer

Balancer in process, November 2013.

Wednesday
Jan082014

Altered Structures

Teaching at Penland and MAIWA was a blast this Fall! Thank you to all my students for a wonderful time.

Monday
Jun032013

The Mill (San Francisco)

Monday
Jun032013

Friday Night Install

A late night installing Flour & Feed at the Mill in San Francisco. Thanks to Jacob and Leland for all the hanging help!

Thursday
May302013

Flour & Feed (in Progress)

Wednesday
Apr172013

Flour Sacks

Getting material together for a show in San Francisco at the end of May. Stay tuned.

Wednesday
Apr172013

In The Gray

Kathryn Gremley states very clearly how I feel working in my studio every day:

In the Gray Area Between Tradition and Innovation

“Collectively, there is a sense that the artists selected for this exhibition are comfortable in this gray area between tradition and innovation,” Gremley says. “You can see that for some of them, tradition and innovation are working parallel as they experiment with content and material usage. The innovation here is not limited to the experimental or the avant-garde; the results can be subtle, enigmatic or reverential."

Tuesday
Mar052013

Simple is Strong

The last 2 months have been a whirlwind of activity in my studio. As I was preparing and producing work for the show at Earlham, I found myself turning in more than one direction at once. At the end of it all, I realized that the pieces I was most happy with were, in fact, the most straightforward ones. An example of what I mean by straightforward is pictured above. I often find myself covering up every inch of fabric with paint, or sanding away every layer of pattern that I've created. It's common for me to completely obliterate the structure I've painstakingly made and it's rare that I feel like I've ever done enough. But more often than not, it finally gets through that more is not better and simple is strong. What feels successful to me about this work is that I let the structure of the fabric be present. I let my initial infatuation with the cloth be seen and paint and ink are merely a means of glazing along the way.

Tuesday
Mar052013

Leeds Gallery

Work on the walls in Leeds Gallery at Earlham College. Thanks to everyone who helped hang the show!

Tuesday
Mar052013

Drop Cloth Embroidery (Details)

Detail shots of two Pulled Thread Embroidery pieces that I recently finished. I worked on the wall for the first time with a drop cloth behind the embroidery. Over time, the drop cloth picked up colors from each of the projects I painted. I decided to show the work with the drop cloths behind the finished pieces. Each embroidery began as a simple, open-weave, cotton scarf and ended up as a 3-dimensional painting.