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alienlandscape...textile art

The alienlandscape, is it real?  Are these views from my window?  Are they views from my mind?  Recently, I listened to a recording of the wind blowing on Mars .  What did that sound evoke?


Originally I trained as a weaver, I graduated with a B.A . (Hons) in Woven and Printed Textiles in 1978. Later on, I got my Masters degree in Architecture.  I was a Design Architect for a number of years.


Now I work in fiber;  in wool, in silk,  I use found objects, beads, bones, bugs and gemstones.



Artist Statement

I was educated as a weaver. Color and texture spoke to me, the display of colors and textures that I saw in the landscape around me was so exciting. I expressed my joy in the hand dying and in the woven and knotted sculptural tapestries that I produced. Working on a small scale allowed me to express my delight in my surroundings as tiny visions.

 
Later I trained as an Architect, and again, tried to understand my environment through the forms that nature expressed around me. Tempering my vision with the norms and utility required was a challenge. I imposed the grid, I rotated the grid. My work became driven by clients who were not particularly interested in this sort of vision. I felt like a mad scientist stuffed into a matchbox.


For some years I was not involved with any employment that was “artistic”. I kept learning and exploring. I was seeing the world the same way that I had always had, but now freedom beckoned me. Imagery that I had delighted in, and that I learned to use in the early days of my artistic time now seemed even more intense in my vision. It’s like I’m wearing new glasses, ones that that effect what I see with a freedom that I wasn’t comfortable with before.


My life changed again when I retired. I had been learning new techniques, exploring new (for me) materials and combining mediums all along. Now I have begun producing a new body of work, one informed by the same influences as before, but now I am able to express my visions much more freely. My vision is new and old at the same time, driven by delight in the color and texture that has always been evocative to me, but in a way that is more playful and less constrained by boundaries than ever.


Giving my work titles that are to some degree enigmatic is a delight. It translates into a description of the alienlandscape, of it's daily life and of the stories it can tell, colored by the viewer’s own vision and experience.

NEW WORK 2019

What I did on my Holiday

handmade silk "paper" with Japanese mulberry paper, beads, found objects and acrylic on canvas 10" x 10" .

NEW WORK 2019

And the Fishes of the Desperate Seas

merino wool, silk, silk habotai, silk georgette, glass beads, acrylic paint on canvas

  NEW WORK 2019  

Cassiopeia Sky

wool, silk fiber, silk organza and glass beads, polyester thread.

Selected: Art Uptown Gallery, "Dog Days of Summer" Exhibition. Juror: Nathan Beard.

  NEW WORK 2019  

Green Gardens (detail)

wool, silk fiber, silk organza, polyester thread.

Gallery
 works of felt and paper

Works of Paper & Mixed Media

"Who Knows Where The Time Goes?"

The Elements

assemblage!  and other works

Starting in 2014, these works provide an outlet for my vision which incorporates the actual objects that are in my little universe: objet trouve, the detritus that finds its way into my collection, bits and pieces that my friends have picked up on their wanderings, insects, sticks, handmade paper, deconstructed textiles, leftovers from previous projects that I had to keep. Oh, and Creepy Doll parts.

These works are delicate

The fibers I use may fade from UV exposure.  They are hand dyed and the colors may be more fugitive than commercially dyed fibers.


They may suffer damage from environmental conditions such as moths, dirt and abrasion.


 Each work has a natural, moth repelling lavender sachet attached to it's back. This should be replaced or rejuvenated with a drop or two of lavender oil periodically. 






Please do not vacuum or dust the surface, rather, use a can of air to gently remove any dust or dirt off the surface. Spray air from a distance of at least 8 inches, so as not do disturb or otherwise rearrange the fibers.


Do not hang in direct sunlight, and hang where children are not tempted to poke their fingers into the fibers or to pick at the textured areas.



Recent Projects

In 2018 I was pleased to become one of the Artists in Cellophane, when my series  of 50 alienlandscapes became part of the Art* O*Mat program.


Please visit www.artomat.org to read about this exciting program and to discover where you can buy art from their brilliant re purposed cigarette vending machines.   There are around 400 contributing artists from 10 different countries currently involved in the Art-o-mat® project. My alienlandscapes are currently featured in machines at the MFA, Boston (see the Art*O*Mat "Speed", below,) The Radio Room Restaurant in Portland,Oregon (www.radioroompdx.com/our-space/,) in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan Casino and at the Black Earth Art Gallery in Cedar Rapids,Iowa. The two latest machines to feature my work are: Minneapolis' Le Meridien Chambers Hotel and Interboro Spirits and Ales in Brooklyn, NY.


All of my alienlandscapes have sold! I have just completed my next batch of 50. The National Portrait Galley at the Smithsonian in Washington,DC,  has picked up some of my work for their Art*O*Mat machine!!! How cool is that?! JUNE ART*O*MAT UPDATE: The MFA Boston and the Smithsonian have re-ordered more alienlandscapes for their ART*O *MAT vending machines and two more prestigious galleries, the Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA) and The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston,SC have loaded their machines with alienlandscapes.


My Garden is a jungle.  It provides energy, inspiration and now, materials for paper making. Experiments and the lovely smell (just kidding) of boiling plant matter and ruined saucepans in my kitchen have given me papers made of banana trees, bamboo leaves and corn husks. 


Coming October 1, 2019

I am honored to have been selected to join the St. Pete ARTWorks Cooperative Gallery at 2412 Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL. WOW! I'm excited to join the other 20 other artists at the Gallery. The Gallery is run by the Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance, Inc.


CONTACT ME

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Thanks for checking out my website. BTW, to get the full effect, view on laptop or desktop, on your phone's small screen it gets messy!!