Thursday, 28 February 2013

Element of Water



Recently I have been busy exploring the notion of 'elements' as they are viewed cross culturally.  I found it fascinating that most cultures overlap with regards to what is understood to be essential elements.
This is my interpretation of


The fabric is hand dyed cotton.  The river stones are a result of my drawing, manipulated on the computer and then digitally printed on to the cotton.  After that, the fabric was gathered and stitched with free motion and quilted.
detail of the collar

 Water, once again, as a wearable.  I dyed this silk fabric and the collar is dyed using a shibori technique.

Element of Cement


When exploring the elements, I felt that since I live in a big city, one of my elements is cement  (which is after all made from stone and water).  I am surrounded by cement, and so, this is my reality when it comes to basic elements.

Element of Earth


This is my interpretation of the element earth.  the fabric was hand dyed and then the quilting was done by both hand and machine.


detail too

Monday, 4 February 2013


I feel terribly guilty about not publishing anything for so long.  However, it is not for lack of working.  In fact, because I have been so busy 'making'  I disconnected from my blogging fun.  But, have no fear, I plan to make up for lost cyberspace.

This first piece was created as an installation for a seniors' long term residence here in Toronto. 



Memories, detail

It has been said that "memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose."  Some of our memories are bright, others somber, some clear and others ephemeral and elusive.  In this work, I have tried to capture the notion of memory over time.

Memories, detail

The background is cotton that I immersed in soy wax using a batik process of immersing the cotton in wax, letting it dry and then 'crunching it up'  and immersing it in the black dye.

The layered squares are also all hand dyed including the batting.  (grey colour)  This is my ode to quilting by exposing the inside out!

The thread work was created using solvy. The work is about 6 feet wide and about 4 feet tall, created to snuggly fit into an alcove in the residence.