Thursday, November 22, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
If you know me at all, you know this:
I LOVE being in my garden!
Butterfly on Milkweed plant
Whale Tongue agave
When I am at home and in the studio I am also in and around my garden. No matter where I have lived, a garden gets established and is an important element in my home. There is something about the life cycle of a garden that serve as a metaphor for all things in life. My habit is to walk my garden each morning before I go into the studio to work. Interacting with my garden clears my mind and sets the tone for my work.
Since moving to San Antonio I have become increasingly interested in establishing a garden that is xeric (low water), uses native plants, and provides attractants for pollinators. These three characteristics were the driving force behind my current garden. Pollinators are increasingly threatened by things such as broad-spectrum herbicides and diseases. Thinking about these things led me to my current gardening practices and also to the idea of creating a collection of fabrics about Pollinators...
My drawings are always part of my design process. Often, these are enlarged or reduced in size and made into thermofax screens.
I also use a variety of methods to get imagery onto and through a silk screen to create some of my designs. Generally, I use thickened dye for my work....
....and I am very fortunate to have a great studio for this work.
Half of my studio is for design work, the other half is a "wet" studio which I use for print and dye work:
My garden environment paved the way for my new collection!
Here are some of the beautiful objects that my wonderful friend Joanna Marsh, of Kustom Kwilts, made for my part of the RJR Fabric booth at Quilt Market:
And here they are in the RJR booth:
Here I am with Joanna, who made everything on my wall except the quilt!
I am truly excited to see what you will make with Pollinator!
The collection will ship to quilt shops in March, 2019.
Ask your local quilt shop for it. Please let me see what you make with it!
As the designer, seeing what you make with the fabric is the very best part!