Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

hooked rugs

i'm interested in the craft of rug hooking and am about to start making a rug...

(image sources here)

Saturday, March 26, 2011


italian church pavement; snake-labyrinth

mandala by a patient of jung

the golden egg of brahma

mexican feathered serpent showing the union of heaven (bird) and earth (snake)

scans from the book "the mystic spiral; journey of the soul" by jill purce, published in 1974

Sunday, March 20, 2011

the end or the all

banjo bag



scans from the book "needleweaving... easy as embroidery" by esther warner dendel, published in 1971.

caption: "You never reach the end or the all... Taurus woven over a shoe box- with one green eye, one blue- by Celia Wagner"

Friday, March 11, 2011

living room

i made this installation when i first started the post bac program at SFAI in 2003.  before starting grad school, i was making small, tentative collages and books.  the fist crit was pretty rough and, in classic first-semester-of-grad school fashion, i decided to drop it all and make something big and completely new to me. 

it was really fun.  i found the crazy wallpaper at a thrift store and a pile of green carpeting in a dumpster.  i sprinkled grass seeds on the carpet and left it outside school in the rain...  the grass sprouted and i moved it inside to an empty studio that i took over.  i bought plastic aquariums plants and a bag of river rocks at home depot.  a strange little world began to take shape.  over the semester it kept growing and changing.... sometimes visited by snails collected in my friend's garden. 

8 years later and i'm still thinking about the same things...  the overlap between interior and exterior spaces.  the natural and artificial.  careful arrangements.  a little kitsch.  some interesting creatures crawling about.  it's all here.  the original fake nature.