Guardian Of The Night

Creating contrast through texture and nuances of shades of black, white and gray was my goal and a challenge.Beginning with a recycled painting stretcher, black macrame cord was used for the warp, with recycled special occasion dress material strips woven in a simple, tight pattern. The appendages were added, decorated with pearls. The wings were shoulders from a party dress. The finial at the top had been found at a roadside stop and retained for a number of years until this piece required it. The pearl necklace is a hint of an offering.  It is a talisman piece, a visual reminder of the secrets of the night. 

Recycled party and special occasion dresses, fabric,  string, pearl headed pins, pearls, pearl necklace, polyester stuffing, cord, recycled painting stretcher, chair finial, paint. 

36" width x 15" height x 6" depth

2018



Composition with Yellow Rubber

Who wore the rain gear? First responders, gardeners, maintenance people? I found a stack of folded yellow rubber coveralls at a  last-chance thrift store warehouse and the color appealed to me immediately. The recycled painting stretcher edges are wrapped in party dress purple velvet. The complementary purple and lavenders, with the black snaps. provide color contrast. The cascading rubbery yellow dance against the tactile velvet, shiny surfaces and textured softness of knotted textures. 

Recycled special occasion dress fabric, recycled rubber rain overalls, fabric, cord, recycled painting stretcher, metal, paint. 

Dimensions variable: approximately 24" width x 36" height x 8" depth

2018



Meet Me At The Carnival

Sweaters sourced from a thrift store were the inspiration for this assembled weaving. Reds and purples juxtaposed with complementary teal, punctuated with colored pearls remind me of the colors of a carnival. The contrasting textures of knit material, shiny stretch material, woven brocade, and semi-transparent fabric continue to reveal details as the light play changes across this woven assemblage.

Recycled party and special occasion dresses, recycled sweaters, fabric,  string, pearl headed pins, polyester stuffing, cord, ribbon, recycled painting stretcher, paint. 

15" width x 36" height x 6" depth

2018



Temptation

Color contrast was the focus of this assemblage on a woven background. The upholstery fabric and curtain material was woven onto thick yarn. Material was stretched over forms of recycled materials, studded with pearl-headed pins and wrapped with contrasting color ribbon and embroidery thread. The orange apples were a thrift store find.

Recycled party and special occasion dresses, fabric, yarn, Styrofoam, ribbon, pearl headed pins, embroidery thread, polyester stuffing, recycled painting stretcher, glue. 

48" width x 36" height x 6" depth

2019



Embellishment With Lashings of Laughter

This woven assemblage is one of my earliest forays into fabric three dimensional woven assemblages. The pink hand dyed used wedding dress satin and gold lame' bound forms contrast with the earthy dun colored bulbs. The smooth surface of the appendages and the bulbs are in opposition to the pattern and surface of the woven background.  This woven assemblage sculpture is the jumping off point for my subsequent work. This is my "eureka" moment.  

 Recycled party and wedding dresses, fabric,  string, pearl headed pins, pearls, embroidery thread, polyester stuffing, cord, recycled painting stretcher, paint. 

36" width x 24" height x 6" depth

2017



Sea Baubles

The background for this woven wall hanging is a discarded painting on canvas sourced from a thrift store. I cut the painted canvas with a sharp blade to provide the warp for the weaving. The paint may have been oil based or automotive paint; it was a water resistant, reflective surface. The sea creature forms were originally gold lame' , bound with gold cord and embellished with pearl-headed pins.  The gold shines through the sea foam green, creating an almost iridescent underwater glimmer. 

Recycled party and special occasion dresses, tablecloths, curtains, fabric, cord, Styrofoam, ribbon, pearl headed pins, embroidery thread, polyester stuffing, recycled painting on canvas,. 

36" width x 36" height x 6" depth

2019



Jiggle It All About

Balls studded with pearls dance across the surface of party dress fabric, interspersed with vintage dress material. It's all about texture and color. 

 Recycled special occasion dress fabric, fabric, cord, pearl headed pins,  Styrofoam, polyester stuffing, recycled painting stretcher, metal, paint. 

Dimensions variable: approximately 24" width x 48" height x 6" depth

2018



APPENDAGES SERIES

Bulbous Frivolity I

Electrical wire and nails provided the warp for the recycled material weaving support. The appendages, bound in gold cord and pierced with pearl headed pins, nestle flirtatiously among frothy strips of recycled party dresses.  It's party time again.

Recycled party and special occasion dresses, fabric, gold thread, cord, pearl headed pins, polyester stuffing, electrical wire, yarn, recycled painting stretcher, nails, paint. 

48" width x 24" height x 6" depth

2018



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Bulbous Frivolity II

A sparkling composition of complementary colors, sparkling with pearls. It is a froth of jostling shapes, playfully arching from a background of recycled party dress fabric woven onto a recycled painting stretcher, utilizing nails decorated with pearls and electrical wire for the warp. 

Recycled party and special occasion dresses, fabric,  string, pearl headed pins, pearls, polyester stuffing, ribbon, recycled painting stretcher, polyester rope, electrical wire, nails, paint. 

24" width x 36" height x 6" depth

2018