My latest project took a few hours, but let me start at the beginning of the story. My competition horse, Oliver, lives most of his life outside. When he is inside, he gets bored and starts to get into mischief. He has flooded the barn twice by turning on the water faucet, he can open his latch and door, he likes the windows open, if they are closed he'll bust them out....
After bringing a pony home for my kids, he decided he would gallop around the field showing off, he then misjudged the distance and footing and slid into a gate, caught his legs in it, and sliced open his leg. He had to have 4 big stitches. Now while his leg heals, he has to live in a stall for the next three weeks. I put away his outside blanket and I had to pull out the inside sheet and blanket. They both had seen a little wear, so after washing them again, I had to patch them both and sew and quilt the patches on the blanket. A few hours of work sure beats spending $100+ dollars on a new blanket and $60+ on a new sheet. Sometimes you do what you gotta do... Now back to my art pieces.
My art has always been driven by my love of the natural world. I like to portray the little things in a big way. I tend to scale my views of nature either full scale or oversized, so that details of color and structure become visible in new ways, conveying the essence of each object and scene as I experience them. I believe that every person has a special relationship to nature, yet in capturing the abstract elements of a plant or animal, it is my hope that people feel a desire to take the time to look more closely at the nature that surrounds them and perhaps gain a new appreciation for each small thing.
My art-to-wear is as much about the process. My designs are usually a mix of recycled fabrics and unique new fabrics , and embellished with ribbon, appliques, or hand stitching. My goal is to design and sew a unique, and eye catching, piece of wearable art that you love to wear.