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Photo by Corinne Gassiot                                                                 Photo: Corrine Gassiot

I found I could say things with color and shapes 
that I couldn’t say any other way
Georgia O’Keefe
 
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!


My long-term 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.

Purchasing Art
Most pieces on this website are for sale and are also listed on my online Etsy store.   Commissions are always welcome!   

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