15 May 2015

where do you stand

oh hello. i disappeared for a bit. just too much going on round these parts.
the end of school... and what you see above.
with the generous and amazing help of a former student [jen] there are now 1000 buddha hands on a wall in an office in san francisco. 

there's more to it than what you see above. so if you are around. come tomorrow night [i'll be there at the beginning for sure.]

there is also going to be a closing and an informal talk June 3rd - so put that in your calendars/hats [especially if you can't swing on by tomorrow]. 

"where do you stand", with Rodney Weiss, curated state / avenueSF

28 April 2015

alcatraz and ai wei wei

i have lived in the bay area for over 20 years and i had never been to alcatraz.
the ai wei wei exhibit @large was going to close and so i felt like i should really really go. 

it is a hauntingly beautiful decaying place. the buildings are literally falling apart. the island feels like it's being decimated by sea air and taken over by birds. 

so the most impressive thing about the exhibit was it's scale, the use of materials and the fact that ai wei wei basically conducted the whole thing from overseas. he's not allowed to leave china. configuring something of this mass w/out actually being in the space is a pretty dramatic feat. 

the exhibit is full of nods to the idea of prison, political prisoners, freedom etc. TRACE is portraits of political prisoners or those in exile made out of legos. 

WITH WIND was a giant traditional kite that filled a room. 

for me it was actually more interesting watching people interact with the pieces than viewing them. 

particularly from above. this narrow corridor walkway spanned both pieces. you could look through broken glass to view the works. 

the island is pretty incredible. walking around there are a lot of interesting, old nooks and crannies. 

and honestly really strange color combinations. 

the prison itself is pretty darn scary. and cold. i felt like it was full of ghosts. so much history and terrible stuff.

there was also a bit on the audio tour about how there was a contingent of prisoners that started crocheting. i really really really want to see examples of what they made. i emailed the national park service to see if they have any documentation. i haven't heard anything back yet.

the most moving area - and the piece that i like the most of ai wei wei's was the hospital. 

in BLOSSOM the fixtures are filled with white porcelain flowers. white for peace? white for death? an offering to the prisoners? subtle and quite and in multitude the flowers were beautiful and also a bit daunting. they aren't soft. they aren't just pretty.....

i took some polaroids while i was there too. 
every time i ride a boat in the bay i'm amazed at where i live. 

14 April 2015


i've publicized this other places, but in case you didn't know.... in the spirit of craftcation, the publisher of my monograph is offering 25% off my monograph... just use the code CRAFTCATION2015... for a limited time only [and for only my book]


textileartist.org has featured me a couple of times [including a 2 part interview]

they have just released a new e-book all about 3D textile artists. i am one of 50 artists featured. there are some really really interesting artists. i'm honored to be a part of this publication. you can order your digital copy here

07 April 2015


this was my first craftcation. i had heard great things, but you never know right? well let me tell you - it really was a perfect experience. hotel on the beach? hundreds of craft/art minded people? classes and panels galore?  what is NOT to like?

the ventura pier

the life towers are stunning. 

on the way down i listened to johnny cash - this line from the man comes around stuck in my head. when i arrived and was given some gold washi tape in my welcome kit, i made a little sketch. 

the first class i taught was color theory. i was a little nervous to condense what can easily be a 15 week course into 3 hours. but somehow we made it work ! 

i think part of it was the amazing enthusiasm of the students. they are gung ho and ready to go. 

here's a post from kimberly ;) the student who wins the prize for the most organized color chart ever. and i got to meet ashley in that class too [and a whole host of other great students whose info i didn't manage to gather properly] with whom i later had a wonderful conversation. 

part of what was so amazing was meeting people face to face... some i've known for years... some i had just met... some i'd secretly kind of stalked... some i missed because they moved away - like meighan - just our talks alone would have made the trip worth is. 

i got to take an indigo dye class with karri meng from french general which was SO much fun. 


this is what i made ! [such dark indigo. and now i know more tricks !]  cathy was her assistant and she was SO much fun to chat with. and she lives in summerland - minutes away from santa barbara where i went to high school. i also got to meet karri's sister molly meng who shares a studio with another friend robert mahar [who couldn't make it - waaah].

i also took cathy callahan's  ombre dye class. her techniques are really going to help me with a studio project i have in mind. in that class i got to know shaerie who runs sew-la better - i've taught classes there, but we never really HUNG out. and it was pure joy. we bonded over small children and surviving the first couple of years of motherhood. also met and laughed with rosalie [with whom i share many a mutual friend]

i roomed with courtney ! and pup charlie [drawn below] ! and i finally finally finally got to meet blair face to face. this was a huge thrill ! it's been like 10 years in the making. 

i got to see abby for second...

my good friend nichole drove up from LA for the night and gifted me robert kaufman kona bundles that i covet and will treat like sculptures. 

i taught a block printing class to an overcrowded class, but no one seemed to mind. that summed up everything about this conference. it felt so generous, so open, so genuine. nicole and delilah said that this year they didn't want a keynote speaker because we were all each other's keynote... and that rung really true. 

from this class i got to know emma [who works for fiskars!], christine from chocolate and steel [her prints are above], my instagram friend parabolic muse, and jennifer crowe who makes jewelry.

i also made it to superbuzzy. dangerous dangerous store !

and i laughed. so many good friends. many close friends from here and near that i don't actually get to see very often. we laughed. we ate. we drove to ojai and had ice cream. we swapped stories. and we laughed some more. 

so thank you elizabeth and christina for hosting the creative live breakfast that got so many of us together one morning [and for hanging out]

to jen - who so aptly said we have to go to so cal to hang out? yes we do, but it was so worth it. when else can we get mati, tiffany, diana, alexi, christine and the afore mentioned shaerie, megan, meihgan, and courtney in the same room [or bright red bathroom in mexican restaurant as the case may be]. 

thank you craftcation. i really really had a good time. you've made a magical conference and i'm so glad i was invited to participate. 

see all the photos from everyone tagged #craftcation15 on instagram for more insight into the weekend. i have a sinking feeling i've forgotten to mention someone or link to them. i apologize for this. it was SUCH a full weekend i feel like i can't remember it all.... xo

19 March 2015

trames - a show in france

several months ago lydia rump [a talented artist in her own right] invited me to make a piece for an exhibition at galerie look & listen in st. chamas, france. truth be told she invited me to come too. and gosh i wish i could. france is on my must visit list. but alas, it is not yet my time. 

the thing i love about making work for a single group show is that it allows for a bit of freedom. a chance to pursue a singular idea that maybe doesn't fit into all the other work you are doing.

i decided i wanted to paint watercolor squares. little ones. that matched some amazing wool merino yarn that i bought when ruth singer [yet another great artist] was in town and we did an east bay textile shop tour. 

the squares and gradation of color reminded me of joseph albers [maybe more of his wife anni actually]... and cross stitch. so i decided to add the thread colors to match. each color shift [there were 4] had one more row of squares. i thought i'd leave the top row clear of stitching and stitch each row beneath. slow going that stitching. 

but totally worth it in the end. 

the space between.
in Trames
opens march 21 [hi spring equinox]

i can't imagine anyone that reads this might go, but... if you do... say hello to my piece.

12 March 2015

looking at art

i cajole my students to look at art. every week - i tell them go look at art over your weekend. what's good for the goose is good for the gander, right? 

i went to see nicole phugrasamee fein's show at hosfelt gallery. she and i were a year apart in grad school. she is the closest living artist i can think of to agnes martin. her watercolors are subtle and amazing. so perfectly imperfect. [but mostly perfect]. 

the highlight of the visit was definitely surabhi saraf's video FOLD

a striking tribute to unacknowledged work [this was skillfully put by my friend kelly inouye -i think you might even hear her say it in the clip below]. this is one of the most stunning and beautiful video pieces i've ever seen. i want it. and for me to say that about video ? hell might be freezing over. 


jay kelly

i really wanted to go to the opening for my friends jay kelly and marc d'estout at jack fischer gallery, but i couldn't make it. so i stopped in today instead. 

jay kelly
what a smart pairing. i've known jay for a long time now. when i worked at graystone gallery we showed his work. i loved it then, and i love it now. he recently started making these incredibly quirky sculptures. they are part DIY minimalist, part sci-fi, part oddity... but really engaging.

jay kelly

marc d'estout
marc's work is slicker. more refined, and in some ways edgier... but has a similar quirk to it. such appealing shapes - a great mix of aesthetic proportions and surface tension/design.

the conversation between marc and jay's works was really great. you should see the show if you are local.
marc d'estout

you should also go see single ladies at rare device by my pal courtney cerruti

over and out on the art report...