I finally finished my second art quilt. I don't think I posted a photo of the first one I did, I could do that later... Anyway, I took a photo of this beautiful clam, Tridacna squamosa, a female that spawned about a year ago. I took the photo at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in San Diego. This giant clam which is also called a fluted clam lives in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. A very nice scientist at Birch named Fernando identified her for me. I took some liberties with the surrounding sea life. But it was a fun quilt to do. It took a really long time because of all the embroidery I did. I really like making these quilts by hand. We'll see how long the next one takes. It is a companion piece to this one, that is, it is another aquarium piece.
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.