Thursday, February 23, 2017

Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Project


I did some visual editing on the Dates in a Life Project fabric. I removed the bottom row and added it as a new top row, with the bright side facing out.

I also marked each time we purchased milk. I did it by adding white painted lines in-between the stitching below the date if we bought one bottle, below and to the left of the date if we bought two bottles, and below and to the left and right if we bought three. The detail below hopefully explains it.


I am thinking of what I want to do inside the empty squares, but I might not make any decisions about that until at least mid-year. I want to see how the patterning evolves with our milk purchases and expiration dates for a few more months before I make any decisions.

Check back for more updates throughout the year.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Project


I added a few more rows of fabric to the Dates in a Life Project, and I have also collaged the days of all 12 months on it.

Last week I realized I couldn't include all 12 "months" similar to how a printed calendar is laid out on the fabric. It was too short. 

Each time we buy milk I collage the date on the piece. I also have a plan about a way to show the date the milk purchased as it relates to the expiration date.

Check back for more updates throughout the year.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 February 2017




12 x 12 x 12 February 2017 was created with monoprinted construction fence fabric, as well as fabric scraps from my Dates in a Life Project. I didn't have a plan when I was working on it. I just played around with different layers of fabric and paint as I thought of ideas.

I've been in my studio at home for a over a month. Though I wish I had more space, it's working out nicely. I can work whenever I have a few moments or hours, day or night. I'm liking it.

This is my eleventh year of working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series. It has given me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month, no matter how many other things are going on that month. It's been a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Looking back over what I created in the past ten years, some of the pieces have been really good, and others not so much. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Work in Progress: Dates in a Life Project


About a year ago, sometime in February or March 2016, I noticed how time seems to jump ahead itself in terms of buying milk. 

As an example, yesterday was February 11th. The two bottles of milk I bought have an expiration date of February 26th.

I pondered this off and on in 2016, and decided that in 2017 I would do a yearlong art project about it. I decided to create on large piece, instead of 12 small ones.

I monoprinted the texture of a construction fence that had squares on a large piece of fabric. Each "month" or section of squares is laid out in a similar way to a printed calendar. Individual days of each month is being represented by a different shape that is hand stamped with rubber erasers on white fabric and collaged into the squares. The empty squares in each month will have their own shape.

Each time we buy milk, I take a picture of the expiration date. I re-size the image of the date and collage it on top of the date shape on the fabric.

I realize now that I need to find a way to show the date the milk was purchased as it relates to the expiration date.

Never one for clever titles, I discussed it with my husband, and together we came up with the title Dates in a Life Project.

Check back for more updates throughout the year.








February 2017 detail in progress


January 2017 detail in progress


Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Home: Fractured Fence Repaired #1


Fractured Fence Repaired #146" x 39", mixed media on stiffened fabric, has been purchased by Edelstein & Company LLP, in Boston, MA, thanks to an art consulting group that represents my work. It was sold framed, hanging in front of a white mat in a white shadow box frame.

The Fractured Fence Repaired Series explores blue construction fence patterns on white (reminiscent of blue and white plates), that are fractured and then repaired with gold (Kintsukuroi). 

Each piece was created with monoprinted, handstamped, and handpainted fabric, that was cut and reassembled with small stitches. Then the fabric was stiffened to provide a more paper-like feel and appearance, and gold was painted near the stitched seams.

Thank you to Edelstein & Company LLP, and also to the art consulting group!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Work, New Year of 12 x 12 x 12's


12 x 12 x 12 January 2017 was created with a leftover piece of the curtain that covered the window in the studio I recently moved out of, the blue and green "holes" of a monoprinted construction fence, and lots and lots of metallic gold or metallic silver acrylic paint dots. I wanted this piece to be festive this first month of the year, and I also wanted to pay homage to my previous studio of 4 years, and give a nod to my new at-home studio.

I've only had my studio at home for a little over a week, but it's been good say far. I can work whenever I have a few moments or hours, day or night. I'm liking it.

This piece begins my eleventh year of working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series. It has given me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month, no matter how many other things are going on that month. It's been a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Looking back over what I created in the past ten years, some of the pieces have been really good, and others not so much. 

A detail of 12 x 12 x 12 January 2017 is below.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Electric Boxes in the Snow


Here is Electric Fences, my two painted electric boxes, on the town Common in Natick, Massachusetts the day after we got 8" or so of snow. 

Electric Fences combines patterns of two construction fence that were painted with house paint, drawing with acrylic markers, and some handstamping. See pictures of the boxes in the spring.