Thursday, February 16, 2017

August Wilson

I have always loved August Wilson's plays, and I'm finding them more inspirational than ever.
Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson
 They make me laugh.  They make me cry.  They make me think about the past.
Two Trains Running by August Wilson
They make me think about the future.  They make me think about the mystical, the magical, and the real.  He will always be one of my favorite writers along with Akhmatova, Aristophanes, Plato and Poe.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day: Cards made with Postage Stamps

Mailing love to you.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day card made with original postage stamps from my collection of vintage stamps.
Valentine's Day hearts

Friday, February 10, 2017

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textile: Week 6

 Here are some of this week's highlights from the work station.
Silver and silkscreens
 I will turn all of these textiles into handcrafted books.
Cover of A Printmaker's Song
I am adding layers to the covers and the textiles, and preparing everything for binding next week.

Friday, February 3, 2017

52 Weeks of Linocuts on Textile: Week 5

I love working on this project.
Coloratura: Act I, Scene iv
 It combines my passion for storytelling and love of sewing, carving, painting, and binding.
Coloratura: Act I, scene iv
Getting ready to bind
I've always wanted to work with feathers and found a way to incorporate them into this series.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

52 Weeks of Linocuts on Textiles: Week 4

Coloratura

For this series, I was inspired by my lifelong admiration of the coloratura soprano roles in Operas.  
Monoprint, embroidery, and painting on textiles
The coloratura soprano has a high range and is required to expertly execute songs with elaborate
Monoprint and embroidery on textile
 ornamentation and embellishment, including running passages, staccati, and trills

Sunday, January 29, 2017

52 Weeks of Linocuts on Textile

Creating Covers

This week was about making wooden book covers so that they'll be dry and ready for the textiles in a few weeks.
A Printmaker's Song
Remnants of the printmaking process (excess ink from the linoleum blocks) are purposely left on the covers because they are specific to my hand, and are very difficult to replicate.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Walking through Clouds

I have been taking morning walks in tranquil Maryland meadows.  

Walking through clouds
There is nothing more grounding than walking through clouds.