Thursday, 3 October 2019

Best Friends

Best Friends 

22.5" wide x 27" high
This work began with a very successful photograph I took of two happy children of a Bushman tribe in Tanzania.  We were privileged to be invited into their world for a visit.  My son was invited to go on a hunt with the young men, was given a bow and arrow and invited into the fire circle that was the preparation ceremony for the hunt.  I stayed back to play with the women and children and encouraged them to see themselves (probably for the first time) through the lens of my camera.  It was an unforgettable experience.
detail.  This work, as always, begins with white PFD cotton.  It has been dyed, printed and stitched.

Detail of printed work with stitching.
This is a detail of the photograph, gotta love the joy!

Detail of hair stitching

This work will be on Display at the Propeller Gallery.  Show Opening tonight:  Reality Vanishing In Plain Sight: A Curated Show of Altered Images

Sunday, 29 September 2019

upcoming show

Reality Vanishing In Plain Sight
A Curated Show of Altered Images

October 2 — 20, 2019

​Opening Reception: Thursday, October 3, 6-9 p.m.​

West Queen West Art Crawl: Thursday, October 10, 7-10 p.m.

Meet the Artists: Sunday, October 20, 2-5 p.m.
Kaleidoscope Of Lives Once Lived, David Brandy (February 2015, Archival Pigment Print, 28"h x 42"w)
Selected from a Call for Submissions for photographs that make use of the altered or fabricated image Reality Vanishing In Plain Sight presents 24 artists exploring strategies of appropriation and manipulation to create revealing new images in a broad array of mediums.

Curated by Peter Friedrichsen, Tom Taylor, and Jack Wayne.

Exhibiting Artists: 
Valerie Ashton, Christopher Bradd, David Brandy, Melanie Chikofsky,
Kathleen Clayton, Ulla Djelweh, Matthew Grimm, Brian Groberman,
Shelagh Howard, Laura Kay Keeling, Robin Kingsburgh, Andrew Lennox,
Michelle Letarte, Joann Maplesden, Rafaela Oliveira, Frances Patella,
Alejandro Rizzo Nervo, Mike Steinhauer, Rennie Taylor, Daniela Tiger,
Andres Vosu, Shelley Wildeman, Ross Williams, and Lingxiang Wu.

So excited that two of my pieces have been chosen for this show:  

"Best Friends" 


"A Helping Hand".  

If you are able, I would love to see you at the Opening of the show on Thursday, October 3rd at 6 pm.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

14" x 15"
This work began with a photograph I took of siblings who were part of a blacksmith family of the Datoga tribe in Tanzania. We had a fascinatingly wonderful visit with this warm and welcoming family.  The patriarch had 3 wives; one had just given birth, and another was pregnant during our visit.  He was a very jolly man, laughing and joking with all his children while he worked over the fire, bending found metal into little arrows for the local bushmen, and bracelets for visitors.  He held the metal pieces with both his toes and his fingers with equal skill.   He supervised his son whom I had asked to create a bracelet for me, and I wear it still.

a detail of the portraits

background detail which began with multiple surface dying techniques. 
The tree was an embellishment with free motion stitchery.

another detail highlighting colour and free motion stitches.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Thoughts of Summer

Thoughts of Summer

This work began with a portrait of my son, created with free motion stitchery on water soluble fabric.
When I studied this image, I felt that he was in a peaceful place, and with his shades and cap, he was set for 
the fun and adventure of our time together in the cottage in the woods.
I created the scenery through the layering of translucent silk fabrics that I dyed, printed and painted.

The water lilies were elements of photos that were printed on water soluble fabric, added as another layer, then painted, and then free motion stitchery helped to connect all the elements.

the tip top of one of the trees, notes the painting as well as the layered silk organza.

a detail of some of the free motion stitching.

Professional photos for Connected

So happy to have had professional photos taken of this work.  The details really pop!

fun focus

Machine free motion stitchery detail

Friday, 4 January 2019


This is my latest finished work.  It is 28.5 inches wide and 39.5 inches high.  I have been playing with different titles and currently considering; "Connected with Colour". Also under consideration is "Connection creates Colour". I would love some input. 

This began with a hand-dyed cotton clothe.  Many layers of dye applied all over and then layered with brush.

The figures had been hand-embroidery on another piece of hand-dyed cotton.  When they were completed, the background no longer seemed to work so I cut them out and added them to this piece.  Then I  worked in a bit more colour on the background with paint.  The suggestion of the apple to the right, and created a bit of darkness in the ground.  Eventually I cut off most of the light blue at the top.  It seemed a bit distracting.

 Once the figures were sewn on, everything was layered up, the free motion began.  One of my favorite parts of most projects, I love flying through the cotton with my Bernina on super drive.

Looking at the figures from the angle, you can see that there is a bit of three dimensional effect because of the extra layers behind them.  I did a bit of hand quilting to direct the bump out.  The bums are especially 'juicy'.

The 'end' result

Friday, 9 November 2018



This is the work that was juried into the OCADU Alumni show, 2018.  Although I have posted it on this blog before, I just thought I would re-post since many have asked which work of mine will be in this show.  It is especially exciting to be juried into this show since it will be a mixed media show.  Any graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University was eligible to apply.  It was juried by professors from the University as well as a Juror from Waddingtons.
Show runs from November 29th till December 3, 2018.
work measures 24" x 27"