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.
35"h x 30" w
Juried into Global Murmurs, Rochester, NY, Sept. 2017.
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.
Toxic ash from the wild fires that devastated northern California parkland, farms, and homes in October, 2017, fell throughout the Bay Area.
No More Fukushimas/Here Comes the Sun
Exhibited at Taiwan International Art Quilt show, April 30 - May28, 2016 in Tainan City, Taiwan and at "Evolutions 2017" at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado, 2017.
Exhibited "Strata" SAQA Regional show, juried by Yvonne Porcella, at several venues:
Herrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA. 2015
Reno City Hall, Reno, NV. 2016
Pence Gallery, Davis, CA. 2017
22"h x 34"w
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.
What's Next For Gaia?
Exhibited at "The Engaged Object" Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado, January 21 - March 28, 2016.
Juried into Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition, Dec. 2017 through Nov. 2018
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.
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.
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
Juried into two shows:
“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
20"h x 33" w
My hopes for the upcoming 2018 elections.
30" h x 43" w
27"h x 51"w
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.
Not Enough Blue
16"h x 16"w
12" x 10" - 2015
My personal response to the June 19, 2015 racist massacre.
The primary materials in these quilts are recycled. Some have family or historical value.
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.
20" h x 14" w
Jeans and work shirts had their solos.
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.
17"w x 28"w
Physical and/or emotional.
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.