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
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
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
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
A Postcard from the Lava Flow
Postcard from Rotherhithe (The Surrey Docks)
handmade silk paper, wool, hand & machine sewn, polyester thread, acrylic on canvas (size each 5 x 7")
Selected for juried exhibition UNBOUND Art Center Sarasota March 2019
PHOTO GALLERY 2012-2018
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.
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
Please visit www.artomat.org to read about this exciting
All of my alienlandscapes have sold! I have just completed 50 more and sent them off to Art*O*Mat the first
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 currently cooking, a vat of palmetto fiber--results as yet unknown! I'm very excited.