Abstract and representational landscapes
The image of a window set within a frame, a view to another place, another reality is a unifying theme in my work. The colors and the unique quality of light in the southwest make up a rich and diverse palette that I naturally make use of and the diverse forms of its land and sky find their way into the window “views”. I try to achieve a blend of the representational and the abstract in the landscapes and to keep a geometrical contemporary feel in the “frames” combined with a bold approach to color. Color is a source of constant joy for me and I delight in the full range of its use from the bold and surprising color combinations to the subtle gradations of a single color. My earliest childhood memories involved vivid color combinations and these continue to inspire me today.
The challenge of creating three-dimensional imagery from a two dimensional plane is fascinating to me. Optical illusions and artists such as Escher inspire me to create surprising architectonic spaces. The placement of dark and light create the illusion of depth and the endless combinations of these placements intrigue me. I use wool as my medium because of its particular light reflecting characteristics that are so unique and beautiful. I am very concerned about creating a fine textile, which is the vehicle for my image; each should be of the highest caliber. I use a flat tapestry technique, with no slits or holes ensuring the integrity of the tapestry as a piece of cloth. I use a close set of 8 ends per inch and I pack the yarn very firmly at 30- 40 picks or passes of yarn per inch giving the tapestry an unusual combination of fineness and firmness of weave. The tapestries are hand-woven with 100% wool and have been mothproofed. The wool has been hand dyed, giving the colors richness as well as some slight variations and is light fast. I use a strong cotton warp, the underlying structure of the weaving, which is finished at the ends with a hand manipulated edging technique, then finely braided and looped to fit around acrylic poles, which are provided for installation. All the tapestries are fully finished on both sides as I laboriously sew in the tails of yarn from color changes, enabling the work to be free hung or used as a room divider
I enjoy the commission process as it allows me to deal with customers directly. I am always finding new color ideas and inspiration from this process that I would never have thought of on my own.
I create in series, from my Architectonic series through a Feng Shui series that is all about color and a mathematics inspired series portraying proofs and fractals to a series inspired by Klimt’s backgrounds in his paintings and ending with the Reduction Series, which reduces the many baskets of small bits of colored yarn.
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