Photo: Corrine Gassiot
I found I could say
things with color and shapes
that I couldn’t say
any other way
In my art I use Batik (a wax-dye resist process) to create color and shapes. I
find great pleasure in the elements of surprise in dyeing fabric, the many
layers and vibrant colors. I create collage designs that are often
guided by shapes that emerge in the fabric.
A form of folk
art, my work is both simple and intricate. I create familiar scenes from
nature and everyday life that are connected to the world I inhabit - the
cooling waters of Barton Springs in Austin, cardinals nesting in my garden and
snowy days in Vermont. From the seasons I gain inspiration.
I am interested in
creating both temporary and permanent fabric art installations for public
spaces that explore concepts of community and connection and how they intersect
with our public and private selves. How do individuals feel connected to community and how do
components of our lives intersect and meet? How do individual and collective
contributions make up our community? What holds our community together, making
its roots strong and dynamic? I am
also interested in exploring concepts of image (self-image), who we are as
individuals, how we see ourselves and how others see us, with our uniqueness,
strengths, and weaknesses. What makes us unique and fully our authentic selves?
I facilitate workshops with children and adults
at events including Maker Faire, local schools and community centers. Space is provided with
intention to create art, nurture community and to show that the possibilities
are virtually limitless. In these workshops, participants are invited to create
an individual artwork and contribute to a community collage artwork.
For Austin's New Year 2017 I created an installation called Fairyland. Visitors to Fairyland added to the installation and wrote their wishes for the New Year. I enjoyed being part of this magical community experience!
Here is a short video about the batik wax/dye process. This video was made for Austin's Maker Faire. Thanks to Danny Cameron and Troy Lanier for making this video!
goal is to illustrate children's books. I am currently working on writing a children's story inspired by our summers spent in rural Vermont with our family. You can also visit my Artist Profile to see another book project called Blue that I am also working on.
Most pieces on this website are for sale and are also listed on my online Etsy store. Commissions are always welcome!