Jan 292016

Here are a few photos from the fabulous sale at the Gite Gallery the weekend before Christmas.  Met many wonderful people and had great sales!

Every sale event teaches me about what work speaks to people, sizes and price points.  I like to think of a sales event as an opportunity to study and interact with art lovers.


Lloyd Gite and Trena Acker-Williams at the Gite Gallery hung my work for the weekend before Christmas in two rooms of the Gallery, as well as laid out on a couch and table in the main room.  The response was tremendous – 8 quilts and 9 small pieces/quilted journal books in 3 days.

I very much enjoyed meeting art enthusiasts, quilters, and artists.  The Gite Gallery is a beautiful space with kind, interesting people, good food and conversation.  Stop by if you live in Houston or just visiting.


Our first sale!  I learned that framed work has a distinct appeal to collectors.  The next show (probably in April) will feature more “Ready to hang” work.


Dec 222015

I have a new method of self expression – Clay sculptures to sew into art quilts.


As with most art techniques, the difficulty of production is hidden within the lovely examples we look at without knowledge!

I have ceramic artists in my family.  I pay attention when looking at others’ work – beautiful lines, eye catching glazes, intriguing  design.  I had the thought to add a few pieces to my inventory – put holes in them to facilitate sewing onto quilts.  Can’t be that hard, right?  WRONG!  It was VERY hard!  Mesmerizing.  Sleep lost but new art made.

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I am extremely grateful to Foelber Pottery on Richmond Ave in Houston, for their amazing studio and the teaching artists who oversaw my work without overshadowing my vision.  Foelber’s felt very much the artists’ home.  I learned so much – Thank you, Judy and Rita!


Contemplation Series IV: Jewels

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Nov 162015


Contemplation Series IV: Jewels, 2015

Artist dyed fabric using cyanoprinting, indigo reduction, fiber reactive processes.  Machine quilt drawing and hand beading

Dimensions: 37″W x 30″L


Contemplation Series IV: Jewels – detail


Contemplation Series IV: Jewels – detail

Contemplation Series: Faded Blue

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Nov 112015


Contemplation Series : Faded Blue 5 colors, 2015

Dimensions: 43″ W x 23″L

Artist dyed cotton, cyanotype printing, hand and machine quilting, hand embroidery and beading.


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Faded Blue – detail


Faded Blue – Detail


The above photo is Faded Blue before it faded.  In a late night rush to wash the piece because of a stain, I forgot that cyanoprint must not be washed with SOAP or the color fades.  The result was an accident.

My first thought was to cut it up and throw it away.  Cooler heads prevailed.  (Thank you, family!) I remedied the accident with quilt drawing each of the figures, giving them distinct faces and expressions.  Some accidents result in good art.

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Big Hair

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Nov 082015


Big Hair, 2013

Dimensions: 7″ W x 10″ L

Artist dyed fabric and thread, Machine quilt drawing hand beaded and embroidered.

I love the BIG Afro.  I had one back in the day.


Big Hair – detail

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Under the Bottle Tree

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Nov 072015


Under the Bottle Tree, 2014

Dimensions: 23′ W x 28″ L

Artist dyed cotton, linen and silk.  Photo printed on silk habotai.  Hand embroidered, hand and machine quilted.

This photo is Sam and Louise Lester and their first child Gwen.  Louise was my paternal grandfather’s only sister.  I have many pictures of her from an album of my grandmother’s. You can see the original picture here.This picture is probably from the early 1920’s.  I placed pieces of blue and red silk behind the photo to give the figures color.


Under the Bottle Tree, detail


Under the Bottle Tree, detail

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My Bones

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Nov 072015

My Bones

My Bones, 2014

Dimensions: 35″ W x 25″ L

Cyanoprinting of xray and CAT scan, artist dyed fabric, Nigerian adire cloth, linoleum block printing, artist drawing printed on organza, machine quilting and quilt drawing and  hand embellishment.

This piece uses everything.  I experiment with cyanoprint and vandyke brown print developing using fabric instead of paper.  Using transparencies like an xray of when I broke my arm or a CAT scan of my pelvis – I can create pretty strange and interesting fabric.


My Bones – detail


My Bones – detail


My Bones – detail

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Purple Baby Girl

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Nov 072015

DSC_0275_2Purple Baby Girl, 2013

Dimensions: 28.5″ W x 50″ L

Materials:  Artist dyed cotton, linen and silk.  Linoleum block printed, machine quilted and hand embroidered.

The photo is of my paternal grandmother, Jessie C Austin with my aunt Barbara as a baby.



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