Please browse some of my work below. And do check back; the site is updated frequently.
Climate change series
These quilts are intended to inspire viewer to consider the origins and future of this urgent issue.
Juried into SAQA show “Shifting Tides” SAQA show, which is traveling through 2021.
Heat ripples through our Pacific Ocean as her currents undulate to sister oceans across the planet. Sinuous stitching lines and fluid shapes suggest streaming, bubbling movement. Color suggests both coolness and warmth, and perhaps a disturbing muddiness. A bright line breaks the flowing shapes, radiating change. Our oceans are connected but troubled. Since 1880, ocean temperatures have been tracked; they show a warming trend, with some dips in the mid-twentieth century. But no dips have been recorded since 1985. Warmer oceans now surge through the planet, affecting sea life, food security, weather, coastal habitats throughout the world. What is our next step?
60” x 29”
Ghost Ahi Eating My Clothes
2018 * 41” x 30”
Juried into City of Berkeley/Kala Civic Center 2019-20 show.
Have I dined on my own jacket? Colorful, shiny detritus floats among the layers of an abstracted aquatic habitat of undulating seaweed-threads, meandering currents of stitching, embroidered flotsam, plastic bags and netting. The blend of the natural and trash worlds attracts and confuses sea life, in the Pacific and throughout earth’s ocean network. Of all that is disposed into oceans, plastic is the most insidious, attractive as food to fish and other sea animals. Especially devious are microfibers, the tiny bits of polyester and nylon washed out of our household textiles, and into the ocean food chain of popular food fish, abundant along the Pacific Rim. And ironically, the “eco” fleece clothing made from recycled water bottles is among the culprits. Science and collective resolve can change this dangerous new mix.
37” x 28” * 2019
Subtle stitched tree branches mover through pieced, hand-dyed fabric.
Ghost Forest (detail)
35"h x 30" w
Juried into Global Murmurs, Rochester, NY, Sept. 2017 and Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition, 2018 as No H2O.
Drought creates migration, war, starvation. Precipitation decline, temperature rise and climate change, and fracking have all reduced snow pack, reservoirs, and ground water. Agriculture, industry, and natural ecology, and human consumption are threatened. A linear jumble of scraps, threads, and stitching suggest the complexities of the various ecosystems anchored by riverflow. But that flow decreases; it is now just a trickling filament---some precarious blue threads trailing away.
From an original photograph taken in Norway.
No More Fukushimas/Here Comes the Sun
Juried into Taiwan International Art Quilt show, April 30 - May 28, 2016 in Tainan City, Taiwan and juried into "Evolutions 2017" at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado, 2017. Private collection.
The six-year California drought affected rivers throughout the state. Indeed, droughts anywhere in the world have increased, partly due due to climate change. Reverse appliqué evokes the river’s underground sources---an underlayer of blue patchwork reveals itself as the river meandering through increasingly dry sediments of patchwork Yosemite surface stone. Stitching suggests the lush flow of water contrasted with the sere rock. Streams narrow and disappear. Narrowing vertical sides enhance the sense of loss, and the irregular border evokes the uncertainty of this critical waterway’s future.
In the permanent collection of the City of Berkeley. Juried into Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition, Dec. 2017 through Feb. 2019.
Tangled, chaotic dream-threads, both fading and darkening, both bright and muted, weave the detritus of the day’s worries against the ombré background of mutable sleep. War, suffering, injustice, poverty, conflict—ripple through the night. Stitching calms the mind toward its edges as sleep restores.
Juried into three shows:
"Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition 2018" - 2180 Milvia St., Berkeley, CA. Dec. 2017 - Nov. 2018. Multiple jurors.
“Reclaiming Earth” – WEAD/Women Eco Artists Dialog, Jewett Gallery in SF Library, San Francisco, CA. Apr 8 – Jun 24, 2017. Juried by Donna Seager.
“Fantastic Fibers 2016” – Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, Apr 9-Jun 4. 2016. Juried by Danielle Kelly, Exec. Dir., Surface Design Assoc.
Salvaged and recycled fibers move through color ranging dark to light, evoking the journey from sleep to wakefulness. Scraps of thread are repurposed to move the eye through subtle linear paths, suggesting the cycle of sleep’s rest as it is transformed to a new dawn’s vitality.
19"h x 19"w
Juried into "Local Color" Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT & The Gallery, Folsom, CA. Jun 1, 2017-Mar 8, 2018
Who can sleep through blood cell display inside my eyelids. Color, line, and pattern convey the duality of sleeplessness. Moving lines of texture evoke restlessness. The visual noise of red dominates the darks of desired unconsciousness. Appliqué, hand embroidery, free-motion quilting dazzle with line, texture, color.
23"h x 24"w
"Inspirations II" at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA. May 5-Jul 3, 2016. Juried by Terry Jerrard-Dimond.
Sleeplessness, undesired for most, is an interior muse for me. Even closed eyes cannot block the random retinal fireworks of insomnia. Color, line, and pattern convey the dual pulls of sleep and imagination. The calm, dark pull of rest competes with the variegated reds of haphazard visual noise. Moving lines of texture evoke restlessness. My intention is to suggest the hidden message or solution in an apparent challenge.
32" h x 11" w
26"h x 40"w
Cover photo for Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal, July, 2017.
Juried into San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles "Juncture II" show Nov. 29-Jan.18, 2018.
Sleep and wakefulness cross paths. Snarled stitching and fibrous debris interrupt a dark night’s sleep. Undulating linear dreams pull the wakeful mind from edge to edge, softening under layers of consciousness at the center. The mind quiets, shrouded by translucent covers. Shapes are indefinite, fluid, shifting. Unfinished stories, like loose threads and scraps, awaken repeatedly. But even in the struggle to sleep, there is inspiration.
2018 * 25” x 20”
Not all damage can be mended. Stitching darns some wounds but ragged edges and loose fibers suggest the ongoing crisis of children dying on our streets, jails, and detention camps. Strong color-contrast evokes emotions; streaming, organic stitching bleeds foreground to background. Loose gauze varies the linear movement and suggests a shroud or mask. Recycled linens evoke home and comfort and become a face, albeit indigo-dyed and punctuated with velvet blood-reds. Quietly, the pastels of the sky-like backdrop flow, floating pain.
20"h x 33" w
My hopes for the upcoming 2018 elections. Invitational solo show May-July, 2018 at 1947 Center Street Gallery, Berkeley. Visions Art Museum Online show “Checkmate” Jan-Mar 2019.
30" h x 43" w
Talk About It
48"h x 32" w
Our divided world.
27"h x 51"w
12" x 10" - 2015
My personal response to the June 19, 2015 racist massacre.
34" h x 35" w
Forced out of their homes by war, poverty, fear, or oppression, migrants are estranged from their origins, their destinations, and their dangerous paths. Tangled threads, strings, stitching--some reach resolution, some are diverted by loss and limbo. Their routes meander and intersect, creating new challenges---shapes and texture. Knots and shadows block the way. I hope viewers are inspired to renew their compassion and support the world community in resolving the challenges is this multi-pronged diaspora.
The primary materials in these quilts are recycled textiles. Some have family or personal value.
Green New Deal
34" x 37"
The bowties in "Untied" belonged to Warren Freyer, Sr., my father who was an English professor. They are arranged to show the vintage labels and offer a wry comment on 1950s fashion. The loose-hanging ends and subtle tulle shadows suggest his family's loss at his premature death. Juried into Strata and Upcycle!
20" h x 14" w
Jeans and work shirts had their solos.
30" h x 22"w
Lost Lace 2
20"h x 20"w (canvas mount)
36"h x 24"w (canvas mounted)
Living lightly sometimes.
56"h x 21"w - 2015.
Juried into three shows: Visions Art Museum 2017, Hayward Art Show 2016, Urban Murmurs/Experience Art Fiber, 2016.
34"h x 23"w - recycled scraps, commercial cottons, poly threads.
Pillow 2 - New Dawn
25'h x 40"w
Sleep and wakefulness partner in insomnia. Sunrise pastels glow and hum through the offset ombré grays of night. The linear streams of slumber and dreams pull away from the undulating energy of and day and light. My intention to evoke the visual hum of those waking moments, even though undesired.
Juried into “Sacred Threads” – Hearndon, VA, Jul 7-23, 2017 and extended tour through 2019.
17"w x 28"w
Physical and/or emotional--viewer's choice.
14"h x 18"w
Communication is complex.
Sitting With It
33”h x 24”w
As a place of stillness, a welcoming seat offers possibilities, solace, reflection. While meditation is a component of many religions, a central Buddhist practice is “sitting,” which suggests both actual and metaphorical contemplation. Threads of meaning, strings of thought—float through and around a pieced and appliqued chair. Firm, linear foundation stitches contrast with floating bubbles of ideas and streams of scraps. Sit and let go.
14"h x 10"w
Sometimes it's hard to take a deep breath in the city.