Hope, from the Brooches in Boxes Series

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Metalwork and Mixed Media

Found Metal, papers, antique earring, copper, cedar souvenir box, watercolor sky, snail shell from my yard, wire, cotton crochet star, feathers from my chickens, smashed okra pod from my garden, abalone shell, blue glass, blue plastic aquarium plant. This has a companion piece called “Strength”.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
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corsages for my dead mother; a series of found assemblage brooches

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corsages for my dead mother

This new series combines a variety of found objects I have gathered over the past year or so.  Crab claws, stems and peelings from fruits and vegetables, combine with altered cutlery to create a series of assemblage brooches I have titled Corsages For My Dead Mother.

Each piece is approximately 3” wide x 4” tall. 2014. 

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4 Brooches

3” x 4”

Crab claws, stems and peelings from fruits and vegetables, paper, copper, thread, silver plated cutlery

Earthen Vessels

My friend and fellow artist, Amy Rich is someone whose ability with words I admire. Here is a post she put together from a collaboration we shared in the past.

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Guilt and Love

Loss and Healing

I just finished a week sharing my art and my process with the children at Patchwork Central, where most of the time the children see me as the Co-Director and camera lady.

It was fun to share my sculpture with them, and it was very fun to see the art that they created. It was also great to work again with my friend and fellow artist Jane Case Vickers. I started my career in community art almost 18 years ago by teaching art as Jane’s assistant in Patchwork’s Arts & Smarts Children’s Program.

I was very glad to get to teach with Jane again–I think she’s a great artist and a great teacher. We’ve always been attracted to similar materials and have similar artistic inspirations. We’ve done several projects and exhibits together.

One of these collaborative projects was called “Earthen Vessels”. We each created a series of female figures that explored…

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Drying Up

Source: Drying Up   my good friend, Amy Rich always says thing well when it comes to our gardens. She has featured things she likes in my strange but fun yard, once again. I love that amy gets it and gets me and my odd art /obsessions. Here’s her latest blog entry… click on “drying up”.