In the early 1990's when I still had a television set, there was a predominance of early morning talk shows. One such show entitled Faith Daniels featured such intellectually challenging discussion as : I Married a Male Stripper - Brother Meets Sister on Blind Date - Abducted by Aliens - discussions and interviews that were treated with all the gravity and seriousness of an international crisis on the six o'clock news. One should, I decided have more of an concern for the quality of American culture. This phenomena was one of the media gone totally berserk. Lost were the intellectual enlightening interviews with book authors, film stars and politicians.
I considered the idea of how this phenomena could be transformed into a contemporary sampler design.
* Collection of Mr. Mrs. G. Olson
Publications - Color back cover of Flying Needle Fall 1995. Color detail p.18 Textiel Plus Netherlands magazine Dec 1997.
Exhibitions - Needle Arts & Fiber Show - Peter Kirk Gallery, Kirkland WA . Bumbershoot - Setting the Table-Food for Thought. Seattle Center. 1993
Inspired by Nature 19" x 24"
A visit to the famous Dutch Keukenhof, I witnessed the appearance of a Real Artist with lots of paint brushes and easel erected. Painting from Nature ! Although at close observance there didn't seem to be any reflection of reality - I see a house next to a stream - perhaps a personalized reflection of his inner life ? It made me consider how a stitcher might consider this same scene in an idealized situation.
* Collection of M. Smulders
A spoof on the book (i.e. the concept) "Color Me Beautiful" by Carole Jackson. It was suggested that women only "looked good" in the color of their season - be it Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring. It was suggested to take a swatch of your Season Colors to the clothing store and there one could be assisted in becoming in perfect harmony with one's attire.
So then the concept is about limiting your individuality and self expression. It's about the dictates of the fashion industry and how we comply at the expense of our own comfort level.
I had been reading a book about the development or concept of Self which apparently began in the age of Chaucer. Each character in the book reveals oneself through a confession.
Various images occurred to me at the time - but it all began with the idea of hanging runway models on a clothes line. The actual color ranges for each season are probably taken from the Color Me Beautiful book - just in case one wants to take this seriously.
From a beloved black and white photograph of two of my Dutch Uncles - Ome Jan and Ome Leen I made a sketch which was then transferred to graph paper and then using the counted thread method an embroidery. The background of the red and white squares came from the nonexistent table cloth. Note the carnival attitude of the straw hats, the happy flowers emitting out of the bottles and the Dutch flag colors in the neckties.
This embroidery is a compilation of several images. Vacationing on Maui one year it is always suggested you take the road to Hana - now known as "Divorce Highway" because it causes so many arguments among couples - so off we went one Christmas morning winding our way to Hana. In my issue of "Sunset " magazine it had been billed as " twisting and demanding, but a worthwhile adventure" ! I often loved showing this is in slide format at my workshop and lectures. The Fiction of a magazine spread and then the actual reality of the Fact. Besides the forested cliffs and waterfalls, we passed a banana farm and I stopped to take a photo of a tree trunk displaying 3 small piglets. With the three pigs in mind, I had the idea that they would be going on a midnight run to McDonald's - hence a border of golden arches. To further the idea of the 3 pigs, I was smitten with several hats on the cover of "Country Living" and inside an article of baby quilts, I resolved that this would be my background.
Collection : Mr. Mrs. D. Badgley and a different variation - Helga Jacques
Publication : p.28 Open Chain magazine
Exhibition : Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Gretchen Echols, quilt artist and I were standing in a queue to submit our Fiber Pieces in an exhibition. She was carrying her quilt and looking at her I had a difficult time to disassociate the quilt from her clothing/outfit because they were almost the same color combinations and that gave me the idea of wearing your Art ! having it represent you, with one's face showing through it could turn into a celebratory moveable self proclaiming walking gallery ! Seeing those carpets on the cover of the Italian "Casa" magazine gave me the final push to design a new stitch.
In a note from Gretchen she mentions that she was truly touched to hear that she had in a small way inspired one of my works and could I consider making her something in a similar vein and of course I happily obliged !
Exhibition : WA State Artists display - front office of US Senator Patty Murray WA DC 1994
Collection : Integrated Systems - Tomball, Texas
Stitching in the early days when hardanger cotton was not available, I had to resort to necktie interfacing fabric which was as close as I could get to even-weave fabric (woof and warp existing in equal portions !). The idea of the face on the envelope was created from a hurried sketch I made on the back of an envelope after attending a Peter Max exhibition. I was intrigued with the idea of solid blocks of bright primary colors. When I went to transfer the "face" to graph paper I realized how expressive the lines on the envelope were and how they contributed to the "message" on the face. At the time I had been influenced by the information from a book entitled "Chinese Face Reading". The book explained how certain lines and wrinkles revealed bits of personal life meanings. Example - a vertical line extending down from one eye ? that forespells a long doomed voyage !
* Exhibition. Elly Smith Needlework. Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
* Collection of Mr. Mrs. J. Diamond
From current local Northwest art/craft newspaper/magazine articles, I met up with this phrase called "Northwest Art". I became interested in the definition of this NW "tag". Especially in view that at that time I had been accepted by vote of the membership into the illustrious Northwest Designer Craftsmen. Perhaps I could with my embroideries produce a so called NW art - and what would be the images that would elicit and define this idea ? Forests, Mt. Rainier, St. Helens, A Dutch traditional motif called the Bowl of Plenty to represent Easter Washington fruit. The idea of a female Goddess type materialized when studying Rembrandt's portraits. In particular his painting of "Juno" which took my breath away. I also wanted to say something about the idea of Contemporary Sampler - the inspiration, the selection of motifs, the sketches, the colors etc.
Collection of Mr. Mrs. T. Daniels
Travel exhibition - one year USA Bloomington, Illinois McLean County Arts Center
A tennis lesson at LaQuinta Tennis Club gone slightly awry. Surrounded with all of nature's beauty - the Santa Rosa mountains, the flowers, the weather etc. one finds it hard to concentrate !
* Collection of KSL Corp Resorts