Saturday, August 31, 2013

'insatiable' ~ out and about, again

Yesterday I delivered and installed 'insatiable' 
at the Natick Public Library, 

This exhibit features original pieces by over 40 
it includes photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture,
 mosaics, ceramic, glass, mixed media and more.

The curator and I perched 'insatiable' in the atrium stairwell 
where she is stretching out her tendrils.  
I am excited about how she is displayed; 
hanging but not hanging, 
up-close for library visitors but not too accessible
to little hands :).  

I am super excited to have her out in the world again!!! 
I hope to do a workshop sometime during the show 
but I am not sure, as my fall is pretty full. 
More about that is another post. :)

Save the Date: 
Natick Artists Open Studios 
October 19 & 20, 2013
 noon - 5 pm 
the opening reception of 
'breaking open'
October 19, 2013
@ Fountain Street Fine Art
Bringing Art & Craft into Our Local Community by Creating Spaces where Everyone is Inspired to Thrive! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Currently on my worktable . . .

 my contribution to
This is a project that I LOVE!!
As I mentioned in a past post, me and uteri
this project jump started my creative juices 
and the process has been very gratifying. 

I plan to add more beads along the fallopian tubes 
and stitch the flower/uterus piece of fabric to the lace.  
But otherwise I believe it is near completion, 
which is good as it is due 
at the end of the month.

This post is an example of a newer approach 
I am taking with this blog ~
showing work in progress. 

I want to do this for a few reasons:
first, I love to see other artist's processes.  
Secondly, I am hoping use this blog
 as a way to 'curate' an exhibition ~

In a few months I am part of 
a two person show at Fountain Street Fine Art.  
I am showing with the talented Anne Gilson
and I still am not completely 
sure what I am going to show.  
(don't tell anyone :)

So to feign off panic
 I thought I'd post shorter post with 
the work that excites me, 
the work that I am using 
my precious time to create,
the work in all it's glory, 
in all its different states.

 And maybe via the lens of my blog, 
I will see a pattern or a direction to take 
for this show?!?! 

Also I would love to hear what you, 
faithful my readers, 
see or think about the work.

Collaboration is a wonderful 
and powerful tool!
So feel free to email me 
or leave a comment!!
Now back to the worktable ~
thank you & peace

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mural on the move . . .

on main st!!!
Many moons I was commissioned to do a mural for 5 Crows
a charming gallery and gift shop in downtown Natick. 

Started in 2002 by five very talent women, this shop is full of gorgeous treasures created by over 150 artists and artisans from the area (yours truly has had work there:). So I was ecstatic when they asked me to do a mural for the outside of their building. 

I loved the way this piece turned out - the colors and feeling!! And I loved working BIG!!
And fortunately we decided to paint it on a panel and not directly on the wall, because 
5 Crows is expanding and moving!! 

I was so happy to see that my mural is making the move, yesterday I saw it on Main st!! :)
5 Crows will be re-opening on september 7th, at their new location: 41 Main St (rt 27)

Friday, August 9, 2013

a new material for dresses: ceramics

this summer I am taking a inspiring class with
Michelle Lougee; sculptor,
ceramist and environmental artist.

I am brushing up on my ceramics skills,
preparing for an upcoming job.

It has been great to get back
in the messy world of clay!!

And even though I wasn't planning to,
dresses started to appear ?!?!

These two are waiting for
their first round in the kiln.

Keeping my fingers
crossed as there can be 'issues'
during the firing.
stay tune for to see if they survive!!

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

it all started seven years ago . . . .

wedding dress (brenda's dress) 
it all began on wells beach, me. in 2006. i had an idea of an image of a dress and while walking on the beach one morning i picked up a stick to see what this 'dress' would look like.  i drew a sleeveless, life sized dress and  filled it in with the beautiful beach rocks & then proceeded to let the high tide take it away ~ giving me a new, clean canvas on which to make another dress.  the process felt so right and so gratifying that for the rest of the vacation i made a dress!  & each day i would walk the beach with no preconceived idea and would just listen to which material i was to use that day... 

It all started, innocently on 
a family vacation, 
in Wells Beach, ME.
A broken glass, 
a sea of drowning ladybugs 
and a nagging thought 
lead me to create 
the DressProject.  

(for more about ladybugs and dresses)

Since then I have created hundreds of dresses, 
in a myriad of media and materials.
Some in unique locales:
dress #3 from wells beach, me.
new york diner dress (2006)
I have made LARGE dressese
this installation centered around an 8 foot tall dress of eggshells 
'this comes from within' medicine wheel productions (2009)
and I have made small dresses 
abc dress (2006) about 1 inch square

some dresses have a message:
'in memory of  . . . .' (2008) in private collection

'ripple' (2010)

I have made ephemeral dresses and dress sculptures
 which reside in public and private collections.
'lush' (2009) in private collection

And 7 years later, the desire to make dresses is just as unrelenting as it was in Wells Beach.
The dress continues to inspire me to venture into new realms of expression;  performance, installations and collaborative art.

'metamorphosis' (2013) made with the Dana Hall student body
The dress has lead me to
my dresstagging practice
the world of greeting cards and
one of the first dresstags, portsmouth, NH
dresscard  - soon to be for sale on Etsy
I have made dresses out of plaster, plastic bottles, VCR tape, 
fresh pasta, shells, maps, clothes pins, 
fall leaves, dog hair, ribbons, 
even nail polish . . . Nothing is safe!!!
winding roads (2011) paper-mache, paint, marker 
'cicada' (2012) mixed media painting on panel
'time to take flight' (2012) mixed media collage, part of the 'home sweet home' series

With the dress I discovered my voice,
the dress became my soapbox from 

which I could initiate a dialogue,
engage in political debate, 

question social protocol and
excavate my authentic self.
thank you
And I thank you for your continued interest 
in my dress obsession, 
your company and support has made 
this journey all the more gratifying.