Goings on …

in the studio

I’m getting back into the studio finally after starting a new job this
fall. I thought these (below) were going to be napkins for the household
(estate sale vintage linen damask) but they are turning into something
far more interesting – don’t know what yet. Started with ecoprint
bundles around my favorite fall leaves simmered in madder; then painted
some natural pigments on that … followed by a rice paste layer of my
water stencil, using some thin tracing paper as a mask. More pigment
layers and curing to come.

My daily walks along the shore frequently appear into my work.

along the shore

From December 6 – January 15th I will be in a 3-person show in a pop-up/window gallery in downtown Minneapolis. You can find the details of the show by clicking the postcard image, below.

Materiality show postcard

Sorting, sifting, reflecting

The Art at St. Kate’s show/fair was a great experience and exceeded my expectations! A windy day, two rain squalls, a sky with gorgeous clouds, and good sales. I was pleasantly surprised at the popularity of my runners, and sold out of the Minnow design (but can always make more).


This week the garden needs attention. I can’t bring myself to weed the wonderful Great Mullein specimen — it’s such a gorgeous plant, and quite useful – I wonder if it can be used as dye … I wouldn’t be surprised if K. Baxter Packwood has tried it! Tomorrow morning I’ve set aside time to weed, after spending two days accomplishing mundane errands and tasks I’ve postponed for months. It sure feels good to get these off my plate — no excuses for NOT getting in the studio next week!

Next week I dive into the work in progress for an October show at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis. I will be combining natural juice dyes along with  natural pigments, in a layered approach. I’m using two rather sturdy silks, as well as some vintage linen tablecloths I found at an estate sale in my neighborhood, as my canvas.