Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Simple Christmas

Simple Christmas, mixed media collage 

'Tis the Season to be Arting... This is an effective strategy for dealing with all sorts of conflicting energies. Would that I could indulge to my heart's content.

Simple Christmas, mixed media collage, detail-b

The seed of the idea came from wanting to use the street finds of bottle caps and broken glass. How does Christmas come to those without money. Augmenting with a burlap background and kraft paper snowflakes seemed a natural fit. So much beauty can be found in the humble. The tree itself was a process. I sewed down scraps from a variety of green and patterned fabrics in a grid style then cut my shape from that.

Decorating. The icing that makes cake, dessert. Embellishing with many peaceful moments of sewing straight stitch, affixing sequins and beads, and fussing over shisha wrapped sparkly "presents".

Simple Christmas, mixed media collage, detail-b

I made this piece several Xmas' ago and became so fond of it I decided to frame and keep for myself. It's a touchstone for several mental working-through's.

The Holiday Season is complicated for me as it is for many. When I have the presence of mind to just stop - and focus on the reason for the season as they say, then it's like a breath of fresh air: Jesus. Birth. Hope.

Merry Christmas, y'all

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sunshine And Flowers

Grandmother's Garden, mixed media textile collage

Grandmothers decorate my house and inspire my art. This piece of happy fluff started with a scrap of my Grandma-In-Law's dress - soft blue and white gingham dotted with yellow-centered pink flowers and green leaves. Finally making use of some of my precious hoard!

The foundation is a square of osnaburg roughly coated with gesso for instant texture and support. It was an experiment that pleasantly surprised me - will definitely do this again. Then there's the treasure scrap of course and on top of that I layered a sheet of vintage book text (with watery glue) and yet another experiment from long ago, hand printed flowers made from the plastic rings of cap gun ammo.

Grandmother's Garden, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

I went straight to the sun for beginning my embroidery. I wanted bright and happy. Tacking down a folded piece of yellow lace fit the bill, and I followed that up with a circle of buttonholed rays. Flowers were a mixture of fly stitch and lazy daisy plus buttons and two kinds of beads. More buttonhole for the stems and then an explosion of them for the background worked in variegated blue perle. Helped tie the layers together.

Tipping the sun rays with yellow beads made my heart sing. I love yellow and I love beads. Dotting the fabric print flowers with yellow beads was a no-brainer too. But something still felt missing. So after some miscues with color and design I settled on off-white running stitch "flourishes" in the upper corners and lower pockets.

Grandmother's Garden, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

Mission accomplished. As to my comment about grandmothers decorating my house - the background of my photo here comes from my paternal grandmother. It is a vintage runner of flax -  an exquisite example of renowned Lithuanian weaving. I do adore incorporating the "old stuff" (textiles, china etc.) into my decor - it's meaningful and fun-kayyy.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mademoiselle Becoming

Mademoiselle Becoming, mixed media art journal page

Playing catch up here as I completed this art journal page a couple of months ago. I have been enamored with these little black and white photos and illustrations found in a Swedish dictionary. (One of my go-to sources for vintage printed pages.) It's been a challenge to use them in my art as they are quite small so details are easily lost, especially with all the grey tones. Not much really jumps out.  My technique of placing sheer fabrics over them to integrate into the background and protect the delicate paper makes it even trickier.

But stubborn donkey here keeps trying (you may recall my plaintive comments on dry gel transfers - I can't leave well enough alone although the paper hazing drives me nuts).  So that's why this is an art journal page rather than a full-on wall piece. As an experiment it works.

Here I watery-glued a large scrap of old silk scarf on top the vintage book picture. It's light color with delicate patterning works well but there's a visual difference between where the glue was applied and where not. That's okay in the context of a very scrappy, grunge collage, however it's unattractive when the fabric is dark and/or opaque.

The rest of the process is pretty self-evident. I added a few more glitzy scraps then embroidered all over in grey to help pull together. The tiny pink beads add texture with soft unobtrusive color. And the buttons guide the gaze (yours) to the face. Mademoiselle's lips have been rouged up for two reasons: attention (yours) and commentary (coming of age).

This is the third or fourth piece using these dictionary pictures. I think my success is limited - a grey focal point is hard to liven up without calling too much attention to the supporting players. Might gather them together, add a few more, and call it a subtle artist's book.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Awesome Sauce!

Sew Somerset, Winter 2018, Middle of Somewhere mixed media collage

Celebrating that I just got published by my favorite arts & crafts magazine, Sew Somerset!!  Winter 2018 issue.  I. AM. SO. JAZZED.

For those who may be unfamiliar, Sew Somerset promotes The Art of Creative Sewing with Mixed Media, published semi-annually. I fell in love with the magazine a few years back when Heike Gerbig's poetry-inspired textile art was the cover feature. Their showcasing stitchery in a mixed media context affirmed my own leanings and inspired me to go further down that path.

Back to play....

Friday, October 20, 2017


Anachronism, fabric art journal page

Found image inspires needle fiend!
A tiny dictionary picture of an ornate carriage got my creative (and dare I say, spoked) wheels rolling. Visions of irregular edges, a hand drawn horse, and pearly beads immediately came to mind. [So did a chartreuse ribbon with white polka dots but that led to an entirely different pony project. Wait for it.]

Anachronism, fabric art journal page, detail-a

Beyond those elements the rest of the piece didn't come together that intuitively. I played around with sizes and shapes of the vintage paper layer (old French almanac) as I have a frustrating propensity to frame within a frame ever so tidily. Finding the right shades of embroidery perles to stand out from the background without calling attention to themselves - well, there was some unpicking to do.

Auditioning fabric scraps to layer and piece the background is one of favorite parts of the process. Thank goodness I have a stockpile of lace tablecloths too -- instant texture (and a case can be made for coy symbolism too). This was also a perfect excuse to trot out the silver metallic embroidery thread (appearing as glinty French knots).

Anachronism, fabric art journal page, detail-b

The silvery flower button - it has been waiting for this project. I am very proud of myself for actually using it instead of saving for something "special" later. Because frankly I don't know if I'll know when that is. And it turns out there are button factories right now in real time making more, not to mention vintage shops all over the country and online with bountiful inventory.

I didn't plan on this as a sellable piece by itself. I have several of these quiet explorations that could be collected together into an artist book. The old Swedish dictionary providing these little black & white gems will surely yield at least a few more.

In case you were wondering...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Three To Get Ready

Abudanza art journal page go, Journal, go! Every once in a while I get to feeling a little guilty for neglecting my "Art Journal". It's basically a chronological catch-all for experiments that scratch an itch for slapping some paint around, maybe even a little modeling paste, and of course gluing stuff down.

There's no rhyme or reason for these pages appearing together other than they happened close in time. One idea doesn't necessarily lead to another but they may be acquainted.

First page shown hides at least one if not two layers of *ugh*. Going for that distressed texture was a no-brainer even though the color combination was a process of trial and error. The raised lettering is a result of paste and stencils. Note: seal them after the first coat of paint otherwise any wiping tends to strip the pigment off. In this case it was a happy accident. The lovely wench image comes by way of  dried pasta packaging. You just never know...

Copper Fetish art journal page

The second page actually was the first to be prepared -- stamping washers and screens into modeling paste - and then nothing for weeks. The color combinations here too took some trial and error: I have something in mind, it doesn't go as planned, so then I try this and then that until finally I can live with it. The dusting with Pearl-Ex powder mixed with gum arabic over the raised surface felt like redemption. It's the rug that ties the room together.

Ok, I snuck in a little stitching, just to fix the copper scrap to the double fabric layer. (That too was a gift from the Art Gods & Goddesses.)

Hydrangea art journal page

I love purple and have a lot of it in paint form because I didn't realize how ginormous 4 ounces of it is. Note: stamping with pigment ink on acrylic doesn't work well so try a coat of clear gesso first. The flower stamps still aren't saturated and crisp but they're sufficient for delivering enough yellow to pick up on the magazine image and its fabric "frame".

My pride and joy here is the stencil I made from a sheet of acetate and a heat pen. I found the design in a Dover clip art book of - wait for it - stencil designs which I scanned and enlarged in Photoshop. I know there are scads of ready made out there but my imperfect rendition(s) suit my primitive style better.

These turned out to be fruitful exercises - light modeling paste and stencils are fun to play with and I'm eager to incorporate them into more pieces. And I'm confident they can play well with stitching.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Frankenflower, mixed media textile collage

I found this Frankenstein face on a scrap of wood laying in the street. Awesome sauce! I love when the Art Gods & Goddesses leave me little treasures like that.

My first thought wasn't flowers of course.  I just wanted to play around with stamping and acrylic paint. I made a few prints on muslin scraps, was quite pleased, and increased my pile of do-something-interesting-with-this-someday.

Frankenflower, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

Someday arrived much later (two years? more?) and I was ready to experiment with sewing on my hand stampings.  Not in the mood for scary scary but fun - like electricity bolts. In shades of purple embroidery floss so it pops. Then hey, those orange beads I have a million of, use those. (As you can see they also pop up as fringe.) Since this was going the very handsewn route I emphasized the rustic-ness by layering scraps of purple fabrics and a base of orange fabric.

Wasn't sure how the image would read and was feeling pretty pleased at my clever title so I spelled it out in more embroidery floss.

Frankenflower, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

Now what? It didn't seem like an item precious enough for a frame but too fun to stick on a card front. Thus a little hanger of more fabric scraps so it can be displayed - because half the fun of Halloween is decorating! Go see for yourself at my Etsy shop: / Or if you'e in Amazon Handmade mode: /

Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn Frippery

Sample, Embroidered leaf stamp

Sample, Embroidered pumpkin stamp
Printing isn't over until the paint runs out. That's what scraps are for - soaking up the dregs of acrylic goodness just. never. know. when something will be that perfect little something for an experiment. Because I like a quickie every now and then - a tide over between commitments. Projects that is. (What were you thinking?)

In these two samples (each a little over 2" x 2"), the detail of what I was printing was lost but it was helpful for giving me an identifiable shape to to embroider. The leaf shape is a real oak leaf - so perfectly miniature, printed in yellow. And the pumpkin is actually a stamp I made from strips of foam. Just so you know how long I'll hold onto something artsy, these were produced at least four years ago.

Each of the mini prints were covered with a choppy square or strips of sheer fabrics because I think it's interesting to introduce color that way. Then it's a matter of playing them off different colored threads and beads plus layered background fabrics.

The stitching is pretty straightforward. There's back stitch and cross stitch. The "open cretan stitch" behaved a little differently in the middle section of the pumpkin - and I really, really like it. Hope I can accidentally do that again.

By the way, a little shout out to The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden. Her book is the perfect size for my plastic shoebox of a sewing basket. More importantly her diagrams and directions translate well  to 3-D for me. That's a big issue because I'm spatially challenged. (Please don't ask me to back up cars and for godssake's, no origami!!)

As these are samples they won't appear in my Etsy shop, but other handiwork of mine already does. So scoot yourself on over: //

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Desert Blooms

Cacti Flowers Trio mixed media collages

Commission accomplished. Not one, not two, but three blooming cacti inspired textile collages. I based these on what I had actually seen with my own little eyes at Joshua Tree National Park this past Spring. The trip was taken specifically to catch the magnificent display of cacti in bloom after a rare wet winter.

Cholla Cactus textile collage, detail

My recipe was to start with a map printed background of where I found these flowers. (Thank you US Geological Survey for making that possible!) Next I sketched out very simple cacti shapes and cut them from various green patterned fabrics. The blooms were pretty similar in structure, but yes really, they had different colors -- and that made it more fun to riff along on the threads and beads I chose to match. The buttons are an echo of the desert floor, shades of tan and brown (and which button hoarder doesn't have an overabundance of these colors??)

Prickly Pear Cactus textile collage, detail

Look, Ma, no frames! I have used this technique before whereby I stain some junk wood boards (after letting mountain winters have their way first) and nail the collages directly on top. To give the edges more definition and interest I sew on thread-wrapped twigs. Variegated thread is quite effective here for that. Finally I use baling wire to make my curled hangers to continue the rustic vibe.

Barrel Cactus textile collage, detail

Each collage is 8" x 10" mounted.

I do offer smaller, similarly styled textile collages in my Etsy shop. They each feature a hand-carved arrowhead stamp on a Lake Arrowhead map background and include colorful plaid fabric as well as beads.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Ordered Thinking

Ordered Thinking textile collage sample

How can a 4" x 6" textile sample give me such fits? Because it has to feel right before I can move on to anything else  such as another sample or a real bonafide project. (And sometimes that 'feeling right' just might mean an emphatic toss in the bin. But that would entail a bit more angst, and fortunately the Muse sneezed in my direction -- so I saw a way forward.)

The crux of the problem was this little fabric scrap I stamped in boxes of blue and pink. How to add interest with stitch - just for practice.  No great expectations.  Except I can be a dog with a bone. Never mind the blow by blows of what about this, what about that. My "story" here is that these boxes reminded me of my own categories of thought -- areas that have yet to be resolved (not completely sewn around), while others are non-negotiable (enclosed). The little gems of beads are epiphanies of a sort. The sun or life force radiates its energy fueling existence as time marches on.

Wow, certainly wasn't planning to make some ontological statement. In my own muddled way I hope others can relate to this thinking about thinking. (Like looking at a a series of reflections in two mirrors facing each other.) Some may just conclude that it's a pointless exercise in navel-gazing.

And that's okay too because frankly I get irritated with having to "get it" in order to get it. What I hope is that I have entertained with the blue and pink textures of fabrics, beads, threads, and stitching.

PS I may actually turn this little textile fluffery into a mini hanging collage with a delicate beaded bottom fringe. If it speaks to you, let me know. In meanwhile other one of a kind pieces can be found in my Etsy shop:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jarron Con Gato

Jarron Con Gato, textile collage

Still Life - every artist has at least one in their ouevre. No home should be without.  And since painters needn't have all the fun - here's my sewn tableau.

Jarron Con Gato, textile collage, detail-a

No deep symbolism here.  More like guilt, pure and simple as the inspiration struck while trying to sneak some new unnecessary fabric into an overflowing stash. (The lovely patterned blue used for the vase/jarron.) I had been wanting to play with stitching figures & objects onto overlapping fabric patches versus adding them separately as in applique. I could then use embroidery - and beads, and buttons of course -  to texturize and hopefully pull together the different elements.

Jarron Con Gato, textile collage, detail-c

Am pleased with my rudimentary efforts and look forward to more exploring of the techniques here. It's downright fun to audition different types of fabric - wovens, sheers, calicos - and play with different threads and stitching styles - thick, thin, machine, hand - and then dive into the touchy-feely realm of beads and buttons.

The collage measures 8" x 10" so it fits into a standard frame but I've also included a removable dowel inside a handing sleeve on the back so it can hang directly on the wall.

Now available in my Etsy shop:

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunny Mum!

Sunny Mum!, textile collage

Went all out when I happened upon a plastic chrysanthemum on the roadside. Would this work for "nature printing"? Well, kinda'. Using yellow acrylic paint and pressing it onto fabric and also onto paper did make a halo of marks - bright, blobby ones, just not very identifiable. So I pencil sketched the petal pattern as a guide for free-motion machine stitching. I have to say I really like this loose sketchy style. It's me; I'm sketchy.

Sunny Mum!, textile collage, detail-a

To carry on this casual look, especially as this print was done on a tea-stained muslin scrap, I layered it on top of coffee-stained yellow fabric squares (they began eye-squintingly bright). Similarly I weathered the blue plaid fabric - a little walnut stain, a little 120 grit. But the embroidery floss and cotton perles maintained their original hues.

Sunny Mum!, textile collage, detail-b

As this is roughly 8'1/2" x 8-1/2", it could technically be framed in a standard square frame but I felt it would display quite well hanging from a stick, a painted and sanded stick. It carries on that rustic flavor.

This is now available in my Etsy shop: https//

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mod About You

Mod Mad, mixed media artists book, detail-a

For all its sleekness, Mid-Century Modern lends itself well to folk art. I love all those imaginative patterns -- no getting hung up on the strictly figurative. Asymmetry and uneven shapes are perfectly acceptable company to keep.

So I drew up my own shapes (and stamps, see below) and cut them out of decorative printed paper. For the graphic line work I used stitch in heavier embroidery thread. My canvas was lightly paint scraped dictionary pages (coincidentally Swedish! a nod to the Scandinavian influence) layered on bright synthetic fabric. Buttons were sewn on to tie them together - and to delight all those touchy-feely types.

Mod Mad, mixed media artists book, detail-c

The size is 6" x 8" closed, and 24" wide when fully stretched. The covers are chipboard sheathed in cream and brown polka dot fabric. Nice and sturdy too so the book can be displayed upright.

Mod Mad, mixed media artists book, detail-e
I must say I am quite tickled about the stamps I made. It tells me I need to really explore this avenue further.

This is now available in my Etsy shop:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Dog's Lunch

A Dog's Lunch Journal, 3rd edition

They're back! The third edition of my funky-ass mixed media journals are here. I call them A Dog's Lunch because they are collection of curated and distressed papers randomly arranged (like our brains) and sprinkled throughout with a variety of envelopes and...original collages by yours truly.

I say this is the third edition because I prepare them in limited quantities - four - plus, they are roughly organized around a theme - in this case, butterflies. I make what I would want to have as an artist: so some truly blank, blank pages (creamy smooth bond) and a bunch of other treated sheets that bypass the intimidating sea of white.

A Dog's Lunch Journal, page detail -a

Techniques include laminating with tissue and deli papers (and light sanding to knock back too much texture), painting with gesso and/or acrylic washes, and embellishing with fancy corner and edge paper punches, stamps (butterflies), and paper cut-outs (yup, butterflies). Pages of uneven heights are gleaned from junk mail and vintage books - Swedish dictionary, opera synopses, encyclopedic compendium, and snipped from maps - National Geographic, topographic fishing, road atlas.

There're a few envelopes in different sizes, even a flamboyant Chinese New Year gift envelope. And to corral even more loose stuff there are several taffeta covered double-sided pockets.

A Dog's Lunch Journal, page detail -b

Three original butterfly-themed collages are included because no book is fun without pictures.

The journals are 6" x 8" not including the O-wire binding. There are 116 "blank" pages. Now available in my Etsy shop:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Delicate Yet Tenacious

A Middle Of Somewhere, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

A camping trip to Joshua Tree inspired this art journal page. Because of heavy winter rains, the desert was fabulously a-bloom. I was fascinated by even this tiny, tiny guy barely peeking out of the gravel of our campsite. So fresh despite the pounding sun and whipping winds.

I had it firmly in mind to contrast the delicate pink with the grains of decomposing monzograntite. And I had to incorporate the rusty bottle cap found just a few feet away. Rusty anything seems to pique my attention and it naturally (to me at least) suggested the sun. Once home the teabag and the denim fell into place as did a square from the much folded and re-folded park map.

The numbers are the GPS coordinates. Because while space may seem to go on and on, I stood happily anchored at that spot. This was not Nowhere.

A Middle of Somewhere, mixed media textile collage

Years ago the Western deserts cast a spell on and claimed me for their own. Apparently I'm in good company recognizing their seemingly spare but intense beauty. This experimental fabric piece is a souvenir of some delightful emotion.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Set Your Intention

Prayer Flag Ornaments, mixed media collage

As a fan of writing out goals, of chanting personal affirmations, of whispering to stars in the night sky I took to the idea of prayer flags as another way to "set my intention" and invite the energy and guidance I need to help bring it about. Not to say that our endeavors can be boiled down to just wishing hard enough, but first a seed's gotta be planted, right?

Prayer Flag Ornaments, mixed media collage, detail-1

These 2" x 3" pockets have a slit in the back so little notes, Chinese fortunes, coins and such can be tucked inside. Friendly talismanic elements - buttons, beads, butterflies, glitter, fabric scraps, and Mexican loteria cards - have been attached to create a cocoon of positive energy. My fellow Airy Fairies, I hope it won't seem too silly but I meditated over each and every one with sincere goodwill - blessing - from my heart to yours.

Prayer Flag Ornament, mixed media collage, detail-2

I made several dozen because they're addictive - positive vibes will do that. No two are alike though. They are available in my Etsy shop:

Believing is Seeing.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Transpiration, mixed media artists book

About eight years or so ago I made this print from a giant leaf I found where I was living in Guadalajara. There were thousands of them really. But then what? The damn thing is a 12" x 18" sheet of (acid free!) manila construction paper. And so it waited ever so patiently because I knew eventually just the right inspiration would strike. It did once I stumbled into the world of bookmaking. This is an example of an "X" binding - basically folded in half lengthwise then into fourths the other way with a slit in the middle two "pages" so it pops open and stays upright.

Transpiration, mixed media artitsts book, detail-b

How to augment those lovely networks of veining without disguising them. With embroidery floss of course. In different shades of rust, burnt orange, and tan - because that's what I like and it went well with the creamy yellow cast of the paper. I had a very firm vision of the teal and aqua french knots snuggling up to leaf's edge as it provides a delightful contrast in color and texture.

Transpiration, mixed media artists book, detail-a

As blue often suggests water it made sense to call this Transpiration- "the process where plants absorb water through the roots and then give off water vapor through pores in their leaves".

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Saint Phocas, mixed media collage

A good person can really piss off bad people. Doubt I have much to worry about. Apparently Saint Phocas did but wasn't phased that he was a thorn in the side of the Emperor Diocletian what with aiding persecuted Christians. He even offered his legendary hospitality to the Roman soldiers sent to kill him although they didn't realize who he was at the time. (About 303 A.D.) When they learned his identity they were ready to lie to the boss. But Saint Phocas insisted, at peace with who he was (a Golden Rule practicing Christian) whatever the consequences - and he certainly wasn't going to risk these soldiers' job security. So yes he did take his creed seriously but not himself. (Reference: gallows humor)

Saint Phocas, mixed media collage, detail-d

This subject became rather than arrived fully fledged. Ironically it began as monkeying around with a creepy clown picture from a AAA Roadways magazine. Wasn't working so as I kept noodling with the paint, this somber visage appeared. Not scary, not sad necessarily. It needed counterbalancing - yellow flowers of course. It also needed an identity. With those stitched arches reminding me of halo's, I turned to the internet for a little 'saintly' research.

Saint Phocas, mixed media collage, detail-b

Saint Phocas is my man. He's a patron saint of hospitality and gardening. And as he was happening just before the rise of Emperor Constantine he does have that rather stern visage of Byzantine iconography. The pieces fell into place and now, a quiet little piece on living purposefully.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Of Knots & Loose Ends

Knots & Loose Ends, mixed media collage

An inevitable tension we've all experienced - feeling in knots, at loose ends. Do we mull it over more or act; how do we protect ourselves while revealing vulnerabilities.

Was not thinking these thoughts as I was creating this! Often a piece is made to explore combinations of materials - I like this and I like that - how can I put them together in an interesting way.

Knots & Loose Ends, mixed media collage, detail-1

I love to stitch. It's touchable mark-making. That's my excuse to bliss out and get lost in a rhythmic poke and pull. And then I have a souvenir full of color and texture.

But it's supposed to mean something, right? or at least have a point of departure for wondering minds. I like that last part - I don't want to play 'Gotcha' where the viewer either "gets it" like an in-joke or not. My intention is more a nudge or a spark for one to explore their own imagination.

Here it occurred to me that there's some tension and energy amongst the threads - some dangling loose, others tightly coiled, and still others just trying to cover ground. Much like our thoughts.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Boxed In

Boxed In, mixed media textile collage

This photo was actually an image transfer "fail" that got squirreled away in my Miscellaneous/This Could Be Cool Someday box. (Actually I have several.) After being passed over for couple years, she finally declared herself Ready For Her Close-up. All because a torn scrap of window screen made an ultimatum. Don't ask.

It's out of my hands sometimes what winds up in my hands. This doll face was copied from an ancient coffee table book I've treasured since childhood. (And frankly she's shown up in another piece of mine some time back: "Deposition" / ) I tried to be spontaneous and 'quick' but my fingers preferred to fuss over french knots and cross-stitches. Kinda' boxed myself in so to speak - it's a challenge to make embroidery look dashed off yet thoughtful.

Boxed In, mixed media textile collage, detail

Not yet listed. I was thinking of saving this to combine with other individual pieces into an artists book. But I may just set her loose to see what happens. It depends on hauling out the tripod and studio lights to make it official.

In the meanwhile have a look around: