Enter the Great Focus Freebooter

With each mask drawing, I have to fight back the urge to put down my pen and pencils in favor of creating a sculpture of the piece I am working on.  The patterns and textures I draw have always called out to be tactile, but the mask drawings are particularly enticing.  I want to talk with the creation, see it moving and feel its expressions change.  These drawings are of spiritual beings, so I’m not surprised that I get such a calling.

I’ve shared some pictures here of the making process for Focus Freebooter, a mask designed to steal concentration.  It is made of many layers of objects: handmade webbing woven into panels, pompoms, folded paper triangles, stitched and padded panels surrounded by piping, glow sticks, fur, library cards, and on and on.  I obsessively manifested the intense detail of my drawings into this sculpture and absolulety loved making it.

Finalized - Dust Jackets for G.G. Becker's Rodney-Winslow Mystery Series

All throughout my childhood, my mom was writing books while my brother and I were at school.  We would come home around 3 o'clock to snacks of apples and cheddar cheese and regale our mom with the day's stories.  I never really knew exactly what her day entailed, but there was evidence of her writing by the sofa: her long-hand writing on yellow legal pads, a smattering of dull and sharply pointed pencils, an unfolded blanket and an empty water glass, perhaps some pretzel rods.  It was curious and inspiring.  She would read her writing to us some nights.  In these days, they were Viking tales. 

I was a bit young at that time to understand much, and I drifted in and out.  In the end, I think my brother heard more of them than I did.  Through the years her stories have changed and I have read them.  They are good.  Her latest writings are mysteries, the Rodney-Winslow mystery series to be precise.  She invited me to make the covers ages ago, and they have been a long time coming.  Thankfully, she is patient.  It was hard for me to find the time but so rewarding to experience translating my mom’s writing to picture.  Collaborating with G.G. has been very cool.

The hard cover books are at press right now and I cannot wait to share them with my mom.  She has no idea that they are on the way!  Here are the dust jackets for the first three books in the series:

You can read the Kindle editions here!

A Puzzle and Two Notecard Sets Published by Pomegranate

Yep, that's right.  Check 'em out!   They can be ordered through Pomegranate or Amazon.

500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, Puzzle size: 24 x 18 in. Box Size: 8 ⅝ x 10 ⅝ x 1 ⅞ in.

500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, Puzzle size: 24 x 18 in. Box Size: 8 ⅝ x 10 ⅝ x 1 ⅞ in.

Twenty assorted 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 styles) with white envelopes in a decorative box.

Twenty assorted 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 styles) with white envelopes in a decorative box.

Ten small, blank notecards (3 ½ x 5 in.) and white envelopes in an acetate-topped decorative box with text about the artist or artwork.

Ten small, blank notecards (3 ½ x 5 in.) and white envelopes in an acetate-topped decorative box with text about the artist or artwork.



Powers of Ten Infinity Scarves!? Aye! It just makes sense.

Here we go!  After some time away from making product for the holiday markets, I have restocked my infinity scarves. There are 12 patterns to choose from.  All scarves are made from 100% organic cotton knit fabric that has been digitally printed with elements derived from my Powers of Ten series and hand-sewn by me here in my Denver studio.  Check out my shop if you are interested.  Spring should be nice time to wear them.

Also, I've been working on a new line of surface designs that I look forward to sharing with you in the near future.  In the meantime, I hope that you are all well and enjoying the slow shifting season. 

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New...'Powers of Ten' Pillows

The last couple of months have been busy making goods based upon the patterns in my Powers of Ten series.   These are 19" x 19" feather-fill pillows created from my surface design collections Crystals, Flotsam, Lilypads, Branches, Pinwhickle and Ropes.  Each design is digitally printed on a linen/cotton blend fabric, with a linen/cotton backing fabric and piping.  All have a zipper closure.

I'll be selling them this weekend at the Horseshoe Holiday Market here in Denver.  It's from 10am to 4pm Satruday at Pavilions.  It would be great to see you there!  I'll also have them for sale on my site soon.  Stay tuned.

Happy Holidays!

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Archival 8" x 10" Prints are Now Available

I'm now selling 8" x 10" archival prints of my art.  There are 5 different images from my Masks series, 5 from my Objects in Place series and 5 from my Ropes series.  They are $25 each and can be purchased directly from the shop on my website.    They are a standard size and can be framed easily.  I've gotten great feedback from those who have already purchased them.  Thank you!

Happy Halloween Pumpkin Carving

If you have a pumpkin you want to carve and you don't quite know what image to make, a great immediate solution is to look at your hands.  There's a good chance that within each knuckle, you will find a little face.  I had students in my drawing class spend the day drawing their knuckles and when through, they carved their pumpkins from one of their drawings.  It's a bit ridiculous, but I wanted to share the project with you.  Happy Halloween!

New Business Cards

While working on repeat pattern design for my Objects in Place series, I was inspired to produce new business cards.  I had them printed through Moo, and I'm thrilled with the result. 

The initial patterns were drawn with templates and rulers and colored in with colored pencils.  I then scanned the images and created seamless repeat line-work using Illustrator.  Here I played around with color, and as you can see there are multiple palettes for many of the patterns.  They are printed on a heavy card stock with a matte finish (the Luxe option at Moo).

Objects in Place - Snacks!!

Thank you all for coming out in support of me and my work.  It means the world to me!  Also, thanks for munching on my edible art:

'Objects in Place' Snacks, Firehouse Arts Center, Longmont CO, marshmallows, hard boiled eggs, salt, wonder bread, goat cheese and cucumber sandwiches, yogurt-covered almonds, mints, paper plates and napkins, patterned paper, 30" x 72" x 9", 2013

Click here to see the series, 'Objects in Place'. 

'Objects in Place' Snacks, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont CO, 30" x 72" x 9", 2013

'Objects in Place' Snacks, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont CO, 30" x 72" x 9", 2013