Thursday, December 30, 2010

wrapped in string

sheila hicks

jim drain

some test pieces i made that never really went anywhere...
part of this body of work

Monday, December 27, 2010

clay lace

i finished this project and i'm really happy with the way they turned out. they're incredibly delicate and fragile (the clay shrunk a lot before being fired).

the patterns are taken from the 17th century lace patterns in this post:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

polly morgan

i have mixed feelings about taxidermy art, but this image is beautiful...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

david kearns

david is a friend of mine from vermont studio center. i loved visiting his studio because there was always so much going on- he worked on a lot of paintings at once. they're all different sizes and he often hung them clustered together on the wall (sort of like frames of a comic book). the imagery in his work is so original and unexpected... he's developed his own iconography.

here are a few photos that i took in his studio to give you an idea of the scale:

if you live in santa fe, he has a show opening at

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

mending spider webs

nina katchadourian was a visiting artist during my year at vermont studio center and this is one of my favorite pieces by her. using red thread, she carefully repaired broken spider webs- only to have the repair torn out and the web mended by a spider each night...
(read her description here)

Saturday, December 4, 2010


i've been making sculptures of books out of papier-mache...

and gathering images of books that are interesting as sculptural objects...

tiny books! by robert wu (via bibliodyssey)

robert filliou

also from bibliodyssey

and an amazing piece by my friend megan piontkowski! it is made entirely from the book the private library by a.l. humphreys.
megan is an artist and illustrator.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

amanda ross-ho

here is the antidote to the previous post...

"Ross-Ho’s paintings similarly broach the uncanny. Translated from images of doilies or macramé wall hangings, her intricate webs are manufactured in grandiose scale, cut from painted black canvas dropcloths, or carved in sheet rock. Their recognition and domestic symbolism becomes estranged, placed out of context through size and materiality. Construing kitsch with the elegance of minimalism, Ross-Ho presents the sentimentality of tchotchke as emotive voids, displacing homey intimacy to the realm of objective contemplation."

Monday, November 29, 2010

1970s weavings

these scans are from the book "weaving off-loom," first published in 1973. yes, my taste level is questionable, but i loved it! i think that macrame has the potential of being reinvented as an elegant, interesting medium.
i'm glad the photos in the book are black and white... i imagine the color schemes would have been quite jarring.

the one on the left is 6 feet long!

this is a room divider... amazing!

i hope some crafter bought these illustrations to life at some point...


this whole page is great... a woven lampshade with beads! a woven plant holder with gourd! a contemplation tunnel!