full size of quilt is: 262 cm h x 256 cm - approximately 100 inches by 100 inches
The fabrics are silk that have been dyed with local plants from Manitoulin Island
The piece is quilted with hand embroidery. Silk and wool threads
Couching and stem stitch.
An image of the full piece will be shown May 2017.
This quilt is part of Quilt National 17,
The opening in the Dairy Barn, Athens Ohio May 27, 2017 - September 4 2017
Large Emptiness Small Marks 2016 silk, cotton, rayon, linen damask fabrics stitched with cotton, silk and metallic threads. 36 pages within a hand stitched taffeta folder, each page is 33 cm x 33 cm.
A portfolio of sketches for large-scale (2.5 m or 90" ) square quilts. Each 33 cm square cloth page is an idea for a larger cloth construction that will be filled with hand stitched marks. A large square grid is formed when all thirty-six sketches are displayed at one time that measures 200 cm x 200 cm.
The squares are each filled with horizontal lines or large circles and are made from layers of lush, calm fabrics. Each page is a complete idea and can be displayed singly or within a larger group. This artwork encourages close physical engagement and considered viewing over time. The slow actions of undoing buttonholes, opening the folder, and lifting each page encourages contemplation. Unconscious memories are unlocked by the sense of touch.
turning the air to cloth 2015
linen, cotton, silk, procion mx dye, block printing ink, cotton and silk threads
batik, block print,completely hand stitched (hand construction, hand embroidery, hand quilting, hand quilting with embroidery
81 inches high, 40 inches wide (detail of hand embroidery shown above)
Birds in flight astound us when, moving in unison, their fleeting crosses darken the sky.
Suddenly they are gone and it's blue eternity again.
Exhibition: In the spirit of Tom Thomson and the Group of seven
July 23 - August 7 2016 at the Perivale Gallery, Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island