Monday, April 30, 2012

A quick walk around the Emily Winthrop Miles Sanctuary in Sharon, Connecticut turned up these two Canadian geese. Perfect spring day and bright sky reflected here. Great way to start the week.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Shoulda Been There

Leaving Highfield Hall in Falmouth, Massachusetts today after a gallery walk and talk. Lots of fun, and the audience was generous and laughed at my lame jokes. Well, you should have been part of the fun. Next time!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Workshop in Falmouth

The fabric was flying today at the workshop at Highfield Hall on "Slash and Burn" with 10 very intrepid and energetic women. Penelope is at left creating her monster (at last glance 80" x 60") with Liz, Rosemary and Lori hard at work. What fun, but I speak for all when I say WE'RE BEAT!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Signing Your Work

Louis Kahn and Warton Esherick together designed and built this building on Esherick's property outside of Philadelphia. Kahn was teaching at the University of Philadelphia at the time, and this inscription is etched in the block construction. It really is that color, and the signature is graphically beautiful. The Esherick site is

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Better Than Ever

I haven't seen this crab apple tree bloom so profusely. Yet another indication for this weird weather. Now, lets just sit tight and see what else behaves differently.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Replay of Bruno Monguzzi

I keep returning to these posters I saw last fall at the Bevier Gallery at RIT. Bruno Monguzzi has such a free way of adding graphics. I love the bleed, the line, the weight of things. Hope you don't mind me repeating myself.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Taking Advice

Being who I am is often at odds with taking advice. Believe me, its true. But I did take the suggestion to break up my yards of hand-dyes, and here is what I offer as a "kit" for the Big Leaf workshop. Not too tidy, just suggestions for two complimentary colors. And compliments to my friend who advised me.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Unexpected Greeting

While I was concerned with the snowfall this morning, and the subsequent damage, this hibiscus opened. So, outside was total craziness and gobs of snow; inside was a single bright spot. Life is clearly upside down.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day Layers

Since it is Earth Day, here is a detail of "Strata" that is this week's entry for the Quilt 2012 challenge. I manage to add to this group each week, and it is no mean task! Check out the others, as well as the whole shot of mine at

Saturday, April 21, 2012

View From Afar

Janet's rendition of "The Big Leaf" is here in a quick shot from my camera. A tool that I use often -- to snap a look at work in progress -- serves to isolate and focus the entire work. Often I can see what is gelling or what sticks out. This was a new trick to offer her, and now you know too.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Big Leaf in Bristol Springs

Thursday I taught a workshop on how to use freezer paper templates -- here is Jeanette. Bristol Springs, part of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, was the setting for this fabulous day.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thirty Years Ago

The Times Union (no longer) ran an article on me and my work April 19, 1982. In the center of the pile is the piece that went to Quilt National 1983. Still at making textile art, but with different glasses. Ha!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Suspended Animation

Cooler weather has held what the warmth has started. This weeping cherry is just beautiful, and well hidden in the heart of Rochester.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Strange Spring

These tulips appeared from nowhere, never seen there before. Out the back of the house, and unnoticed by my herd of deer, they must be some harbinger of the unusual year that lies ahead. Time will tell.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Another You

Of course there will never be another you. Not possible. Seen during FiberPhildelphia was this great sculpture made from sheet music to form a body .

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Doing Taxes

April 15th is the date we all think of for finishing our taxes. This little 20"x12" challenge is about doing just that. Even though we know that we have a couple of more days to file. But mine is done. Now is relax time.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Selling Fabric

On to the Finger Lakes and selling my hand-dyed fabric. Never a neat pile of stuff here, it is meant to be yanked on and sifted through. It was a fun two days, but now its more studio time.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Fooling Mother Nature

This Tree of Knowledge (which has its metal roots springing from an open book) is set on the barren landscape in Rushville, New York amid the other man-planted trees and mowed lawn. A sculpture out of scale and purpose, it is a good example of when it is better not to mess with nature, or at least the natural form.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Got a Pain?

Need drugs? Handy here is Pain Away, Ibuprophen, Muscle Relief, Cold-Sinus, Sine-eeze, or Antacid. Just two quarters for relief. Passed this on my tour of a major company here in town. Had to tell you about it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Weather Proof Patchwork

Lois Mae Kuh brought one of her eclectic banners to out last quilt club meeting. Made from recycled outdoor signs, this hangs outdoors in all types of weather. Quite fun, and great use of patterning. Tip of the hat, Lois.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Big E

Back to opening night, March 30th, in Philadelphia at the ArtQuiltElements exhibition is E3: Parallax by Bev Kondolf (here whited out by my flash) and her piece in the background with a crowd of folks. Great to see this travel and get the exposure it deserves. And to see Bev get the recognition, too.

Monday, April 9, 2012

This is Not a Test

This week's challenge on Quilt 2012 was to use the Rorschach test as a theme for a piece. This 12" x 20" work is called "This is Not a Test" and uses one piece of clamped and dyed fabric by moi.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Stamping out a name for myself

Adding my name to hand dyed fabrics (with a stamp) is part of getting ready for the Lake to Lake Quilt Show next weekend in Gorham, New York.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Enough traveling about. Time to paint the fence. Hold that rain for tomorrow.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Fabric Workshop and Museum

While in Philadelphia last week I visited the Fabric Workshop and Museum's new digs. I can't say I like it better, as I would like to see more of the workshop part of the works. Exhibits were interesting enough, but kinda wanted to see how they worked with visiting artists. Oh, well.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Another You

Donna Rosenthal's piece "There will never be another you / You are all the world to me" is made of sheet music and is part of the exhibitions seen in FiberPhiladelphia. What food for thought. Wish I could have seen more/all/most/again the works throughout the city.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Art for Your Couch

From the Highfield Hall installation of my works in Falmouth is this great shot taken by Amy Rader. She is  I love the two women sitting on that great big couch under my piece "Mummies Merged." . Who says you can't match your art with your couch?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Skin of the Bride... the name of this work by Isaiah Zagar on The Painted Bride theater exterior in Philly. He is THE MAN in mosaics and speaks the language of pieces fluently. Makes you want to go out and break a dish.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Philly and Art Cloth

Art Cloth Network, a group of surface design wizards, had an exhibition at the Crane Art Building's Old School in Philadelphia. A wonderful space to exhibit these thoughtful works on cloth.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Opening in Falmouth

Ready for company and punch bowl filled, this was the before set for the opening at Highfield Hall in Falmouth Massachusetts for my exhibition of over 45 works. Wish I could have photographed the folks there, but it would have been rude! We had a swell time. You'll have to take my word.