Dec 062015



Under the Arbor, 2013

Dimensions: 20″ W x 31″ L

Artist dyed cotton fabric, machine quilted, hand beading embellishment

This piece includes a photo of my paternal grandmother, Jessie C. Austin, at around 16 years old.  You can see the original picture here


Under the Arbor, detail


Nov 022015


sammy dream

Sammy Lester’s Dreamscape, 2014

Dimensions: 22″ W x 28.5″ L

This is the second piece in the Dream Stand-in series.  It is the companion piece to Gwen Lester’s Dreamscape.  In the original photo, Gwen and Sammy are standing next to each other on their front porch. See the original photo here.

The background is dye I painted on fabric.  Painting with dye means there is no stiffness to the painted parts – just the natural softness of the fabric.  The image of Sammy Lester was printed on habotai sheer silk, and another piece of blue silk is behind his coat.

sammydreamdetailThere is beading in the yellow sun shape, and both machine and hand quilting.