Sunday, March 30, 2008

Solo Show in Dover NH

Digital, Holographic, Surface Design Fiber Art
I just hung my 4th solo show this afternoon with Jim Livermore. It was fun to see my work in a new gallery setting and with brick rusty red walls! When you work with another person, an unusual event for me, it allows insight into how other people work. He is relaxed yet on the ball. Such a pleasure. I hope you can get to his gallery. Lots of art and his jewerly is out of this world!

Solo Show March 29- April 26
April 18 opening 430-630
Village Goldsmith
Dover, NH

Friday, March 28, 2008

Remember wen
I need to remember –when I’m tired, discouraged and wondering why. I need to recharge, to take myself outside. We had a wonderful Christmas- like snowstorm today.
The leaves and trees are covered in a deep blanket of fluffy white snow, just waiting to pose for my camera. They just want to be appreciated- like all of us.


Friday, March 21, 2008

Art Quilt Elements


Art Quilt Elements 2008
April 4 - May 10
Wayne Art Center
Wayne, PA

One of 68 works chosen from
708 entries by jurors
Robert Shaw, BJ Adams,
and Mi Kyoung Le

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Why I like to blog.

It's like keeping a journal but you can add pictures! Images excited me! Going to get them is a challenging fun. Thoughts excite me! I can get so excited some times! Then,
I go to my studio and that makes me happy!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Friends in fiber

Photograph taken in Lowell, MA
Today I met with a group of fiber friends. The group is called SAFA, Seacoast Association of Fiber Artists. Each of us is an artist in our own right- respecting, exploring, consoling and encouraging one another. Every artist benefits from some kind of feedback and honest critique. We expand and contract, like breathing.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Piecing in the Flow Workshop At Portsmouth Fabric Co.

I was reviewing for my March workshop, Piecing in the Flow. A intutitive piecing techinique I have done for the past 20 years or so. I am a shy teacher but I know my stuff. Check it out on
It is a technique exploration class of direct cutting and piecing. We attempt to work without conscious planning or stress. We allow the intuitive part of ourselves to influence the process. There are NO MISTAKES. Mistakes are opportunities to change directions! Mistakes are directions from your intuitive self.

Which reminded me of this- a paraphrase from one of my online lists.

Beleve it or not, creativity is HARD WORK! It involves
Risk and Sacrifice!
It involves moving beyond our fears, excuses, road blocks, people, (the naysayers) etc..
It involves going deep
inside –
which by the way- scares most of people,
to see what is
And to remember to do that!

It involves the ability to put it out there and say "I don't care what others think this is (insert whatever topic, emotion, etc...)
It’s about following your vision.
It’s about all the effort it takes to get it out there, because you must.
It’s about passion.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Haystack Memories

I just completed my application to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer isle, ME. It is a fantasy island filled with kindred spirits. Everyone on the same page, with art sparkling out from their smiling eyes. I found this poem I wrote after one wonder-filled but rainy week.

In My Mind’s Eye

I return to Haystack,
that day of surprised joy
when Paulus recited “Hello Sun”,
his arms outstretched
to gather it in,
to release our minds,
to capture and motivate our attention.
Wetness collects in my smiling eyes
as I remember that morning,
when the sun first came out to greet us
after hiding for so long.
Came out like a field of flowers in bloom,
heads up,
wanting us to take them home.
poem by Wen

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

What drives me.

The thought has occurred to me that my love of textiles and fabrics give expression to my fascination with other things. Things like nature and hugging trees, being outdoors and smelling the cleansing wafts of air lifting my spirits. I love photography, since the beginning, when I had a 35mm and took shots that I thought were no good because I didn't have the technical skills. But I learned I have an eye. I like patterns and textures, of course, but shots of nature- views into a softer world, stills of interiors and arrangements of objects. People that take time and interest in their choices of things they bring to their space. It's like looking into a prism of their world.

Good conversation- those glimpses into another's soul. The invitation to do so. A gift. That appreciation comes out in the way I put my colors together, influences my painting and stitiching. I feel privileged to be able to do my art.

I hope my art is a gift in return.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Surface Design Workshops

I will be teaching fiber workshops at Exeter Fine Crafts in Exeter NH. This is a lovely fine craft gallery, if you are ever in the area stop in. The town of Exeter is a visual pleasure as well. Ask me where to eat!

The classes will be April 19th, Painting Fabrics, April 25th- Fabric Stamping, May 3rd-Monoprinting, and May 10th- Basic Silkscreen. All levels are welcome. Take one or all!
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