I was recently asked why I felt the need to depict Wonder Woman as a plus size woman. Seriously? We're having this conversation? Okay. I didn't feel the need to do anything. The fact is, this is the wonderful woman who had the lady balls to show up and pose for the painting; and if the Wonder Woman boots and corset fit (and they do!) you lace those bitches up and wear them. Because that's what Wonder Women do, they rise fearlessly to the occasion as symbols of female empowerment. We all have a Wonder Woman inside us, and we need to stop talking about what the physical parameters of what she looks like "should" be. So, just go be wonderful already!
“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams” - Eleventh Doctor
I am a huge believer in making Christmas gifts for my loved ones. I try to never even step foot in a retail store after mid Nov. This Christmas, my dad and I put our heads and skills together to create this awesome Dr. Who Tardis bookshelf for my son Raine. And like the real Tardis, it is of course, bigger on the inside.
The process began when I handed off conceptual sketches and dimensional measurements to my dad. Fifty hours later, my sketches became reality (because my dad is a genius).
Now, it was my turn. I spent 15 hours priming and painting the Tardis to get it just right.
On Christmas morning, my dad and I will deliver the Tardis to Raine's room, where he will fill it with his massive collection of graphic novels. And then after that, who knows?
“Books! The best weapons in the world!” - Tenth Doctor
When Efren invited me to participate in his "In Cahoots (Synergy) Art Show", I knew exactly who to call. For years, my dear friend Kathy and I had pitched ideas of collaborating with each other. And of course we wouldn't dream of doing so without our partners in crime: Kathy's husband Selby and my mom, Bonnie. And so, cahooting in the first degree began in earnest.
Kathy and I, about midway in our process.
Kathy brought her extensive knowledge of quilting and manipulating textiles to the tables. Here, you can see the acrylic painted nude figure I created as a jumping off point.
When we first met, I had the broadest sense that I wanted to design a piece about motherhood; about the fear of the unknown future; about aging children growing up and flying the coop. In the back of my mind, always lay the quote by Virgina Woolf, "Fear no more, says the heart." The foundation for our project "Fear Not" was laid. Rough sketches of a woman climbing a wall of motherhood memories and looking towards her future, quickly evolved into a richly layered and subtly exquisite journey in fabric collage.
Original concept sketch.
My acrylic painted figure emerging on muslin fabric.
Over the next couple of months, Kathy and I worked to distress, manipulate and hand sew tattered layers of fabric into a background. Selby took our Virginia Woolf quote and hand lettered versions of this alongside my personal observations of motherhood throughout. We just couldn't get over the artistry of his penmanship!
Selby, getting started on the lettering.
Detail of the lettering.
Selby kept notes over many a cup of tea and plate full of brownies and captured some of my ramblings in ink; such as "I get the stuffing hugged out of me (every day)."
My mom, who works in mixed media and assemblage art, had some fabulous ideas for copper and metal inclusions. Not to mention, she was our constant source of humor and quick thinking problem solver.
Bonnie, knitting with copper, and keeping us quiet introverts entertained!
22" x 30" acrylic, fabric and metal stitched collage
You are invited to see this piece in person at the Slide Room Gallery this Friday night.
“A magpie can be happy or sad: sometimes so happy that he sits on a high, high gum tree and rolls the sunrise around in his throat like beads of pink sunlight; and sometimes so sad that you would expect the tears to drip off his beak.
When the weather suddenly turns to Autumn, I knit faster than I did the moment right before I felt a chill in the air. With a sense of urgency, I knit more than I could ever layer upon woolly layer on my chilled body. These are for you. I am insanely proud to be featuring the photographic art of Jenna Davis, who is also modeling my knitting, in the following blog.
Merino wool, reversible, ribbed
"I Have All The Time In The World"
Green Infinity Scarf . Merino wool/linen blend
Cowl and wristlet set. wool/silk/linen blend
Hat. Merino wool.
Purse. wet and needle felted merino wool
"Chilly Bones" head edition
Fair Isle Hat. Merino wool lined with knit organic cotton
"Chilly Bones" hand edition
Fingerless mittens. Hand dyed wool, lined with knit organic cotton.
Ribbed Cowl/caplet. Merino wool.
"A Complicated Girl"
Cabled cowl. Wool.
Messenger Bag. Wool felt, lined and pocketed in linen. Pottery button.
"When the weather turns..."
Arm warmers. Hand dyed wool.
Octopus with beaded tentacles. Felted merino wool.