Sunday, February 5

Pinchie Needs Some TLC

This is Pinchie. She and my granddaughter have been best friends since the very beginning. 

Pinchie gets her name from her now almost nonexistent tail, which Soph pinched and twisted and loved until. . . Well, it mostly fell off.

I've done repair on Pinchie before. A best friend doesn't get to be seven without a few skinned knees.

But, it's gotten to the point where Pinchie needs some real intensive care to keep her from completely falling apart.

Soph and I picked out some fabric that will be fashioned into "bandaids" for her buddy, and I have just two days to complete the job.

A girl and her bestie can't be separated for long!

Sunday, January 22

Tug at Nature

This year I'm happy to be participating in a collaboration called The Sustainable Souls Project organized by Tina Walker. Each month participating artists will address sustainability issues and promote awareness through art projects based on a theme.

This month's theme is "Planet Earth. We are all connected," which immediately reminded me of a quote I'd heard attributed to naturalist John Muir: 

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." 

Turns out, that isn't exactly what John said.  Rather, in his book, My First Summer In the Sierra, Muir wrote: 

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."

Even that wasn't the original quote though. According to Stephen Fox, in his book, John Muir and His Legacy, the original version of this quote - written in Muir's journal in 1869 - was a bit wordier. It went like this:

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken,  to everything in the universe."

I put the misquote on the cover of this 3" by 4" soldered book because, well, I like it better. And I wrote Muir's edited quote on the inside. 

I stitched around ecoprinted leaf prints on the signature wrappers in the book, leaving loose threads that might be "tugged" or "picked."

Whichever version, the message remains the same: We are all connected.

Tuesday, June 7

Calendar for the Remainder of 2016

Below is my workshop schedule for the rest of 2016. You can also access this information on my Calendar tab above, and be sure to check back, because more will be added as the details have been ironed out. I hope to see you at one of these workshops!


June 10-12 - Earth Notes - Ecodyed Felt Book - Rose Villa in Laingsburg, Michigan. Registration here.

June 24-26 Crystal River Book Arts with Roxanne Evans Stout at the Redstone, Colorado, home of Laura Roberts. Workshop is FULL


July 13-15 - Stamped Nature Bound - Artists Association of Nantucket on Nantucket, Massachusetts. Registration is Open

July 24 - An Introduction to EcoDyeing - The Bead Lounge in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Registration is Open


August 10-14 - Private Workshop in Maine (If you've taken a workshop from me and are interested in this one, please contact me for more information)

August 19-20 - Stamped Nature Bound at Pittsburgh Book Arts Collective in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Workshop is FULL


September 3-4 - Stamped Nature Bound at the Wilmington, North Carolina, studio of Kim Wood BellerRegistration is OPEN


October 12-16 - Medieval Girdle Book at Rose Villa in Laingsburg, Michigan. Registration pending.

October 24-30 Nature Printing Society Workshop is FULL

Wednesday, April 20

Chester County Studio Tour

I am so excited to be participating in this year's Chester County Studio Tour on May 21 and 22.
This two-day event is a wonderful way for folks to come out and meet artists in their studios and learn a little more about their creative process. It's a unique opportunity and it's free!

This year's participating artists will be creating a one unique 6- x 6-inch piece of original art that will sell for $75.  My submission to the County Collectors is below. "Calm Life" will be sold to the first taker after the tour opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

I hope you come out to visit me in Studio #20!

Tuesday, March 22

Clearing some things off my desk

I'm participating in the Chester County Studio Tour May 21-22, 2016. It's the first time I've been involved in this tour, and I'm really excited about it. Above is my submission for the County Collectors - a feature of the Tour that is such a wonderful idea. Participating artists create one 6" by 6" unique piece that will sell for $75. That's it. Just $75. The pieces are all the same the price and size, making art affordable for everyone! Since my art is books and not a painting or something that would fit easily on the 6" square frame, I made mine into a shadow box to hold the book - "Calm Life." Like many (most) of my books, the signatures are wrapped in ecodyed paper. I hope you can come out in May to visit! I only have one comparative piece, so come out early if you're interested!

I've also been working on these freestyle trout flies for a collaboration project. This is the third element in our four-element box, which I'll share when we've reached the finish line. I'm thinking we're about a year in at this point, so maybe another year to finish!

Although I haven't done it for years, I used to enjoy fly fishing. That's what happens when you have two sons. I can cast a fly rod and shoot a shotgun. It was that or stay home, but I actually enjoy both! And I love making these little flies! This one is housed in a vintage-isn lure box that I picked up somewhere.

Thursday, December 3

Live An Artful Life

I was delighted to be featured in the fall issue of Life An Artful Life. You can read the story here:

Somehow, I forgot to mention that here, but I am pleased as punch about Tom's article!

Friday, November 20

California Workshops in 2016

I'm headed back to Fullerton, California, in February to teach my Stamped Nature Bound workshop at Gilding the Lily.

February 6 and 7, 2016

Over this two-day workshop, I will show participants how to solder, stamp and embellish book covers, and how to bind them into a treasured book using Coptic binding. At the same time, I will show students how to coax beautiful prints onto paper for their pages using leaves, heat and water.
The skills and handouts students leave this workshop with will arm them to make books of all sizes.
Kits will include everything necessary to complete a 6- by 4-inch book similar to shown.

For more information, visit the Gilding The Lily web site here.
To register, call Dede Warren at 714-757-0558

There are just two spots left!

And then . . . 

I'm headed over to Los Angeles February 13 for a one-day Wearable Book workshop at Make Art in LA.

We will not be ecodyeing during this one-day workshop, but we will make a charming little book that can be filled with thoughts or photos and then worn.

I will show participants how to solder and embellish book covers and then stitch them into small books using a Coptic stitch. After the books have been assembled, we will attach them to lightly embellished chains.
Again, the techniques and handouts that students leave this workshop with will arm them to make books of all sizes.

For more information or to enroll, visit the Make Art in LA here.

Both of these classes are for all levels of student.

I hope you can join us!!

Wednesday, September 30

Family Tree accepted into 23 Sandy Gallery's Blood Quantum

I am thrilled, excited and honored that my book Family Tree was accepted into 23 Sandy Gallery's show Blood Quantum.

You can see my work in the online exhibition catalog here.

Or, even better, you could drop into the gallery if you're in or close to Portland.

The show will run November 6 - December 15.

Wednesday, August 5

ABC in New York

 We went up to New York last weekend. Every time I go, I think that I should go more often, and then it's years before I do.
Last weekend was beautiful, and we walked all over Manhattan.

I met my friend, Elizabeth, on Saturday, and she gave me a tour of her section of town. You may know Elizabeth from one of her blogs. She has several, and she was a great tour guide.

Our first stop was ABC Carpet, and you may think that was the only place we went, because the rest of these photos were all taken there.

There are so many cool things in that store. I had never been before.

It may have been my first trip there, but it definitely won't be my last.

We also went to the Union Square Green Market, but I didn't take any photos there.

And the Chelsea Market. Nope. No photos there either.

And the High Line. I took a couple of a photos there, but they really didn't capture the feel of the place, so you won't see them here.

The first photo in this post was taken from Elizabeth's rooftop garden. It was spectacular up there.

So, enjoy these views of ABC Carpet, and if you're ever in New York, stop in. You won't be sorry!