1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? Quilting to a specific size is always a challenge. Coming up with a cohesive idea was daunting at first, but once I selected the fabrics, the design easily came together.
2. Describe your studio space? My studio is a large room off my kitchen, with a glorious door that can be closed to hold in the creative chaos. Sewing tables, a cutting table, ironing board, and design wall take up the floor space. Way too many yards of fabric, spools of thread and sewing tools cover most of the surfaces. I try to keep my paints and dyes corralled on shelves and in drawers. My view out the window is of Lake Travis, and it is just glorious!
3. Where can people see your work in the next six months? My first solo show, Painted Threads, will be coming down at my local library, Lake Travis Community Library in Lakeway, Texas at the end of July. Early in August, I will be hanging a solo show, Threaded Journeys, at the Austin International Bergstrom Airport in Austin, Texas. I will have a piece hanging at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, Contemporary Art Quilts 2017, Massachusetts August 5-September 1, 2017 and Visions Art Museum, Interpretations: Conversations, October 21, 2017 - January 7, 2018 in San Diego, California.
4. Do you ever work in a series? If so, what benefits or challenges does this present to you as an artist? Yes. Locating the same materials to use in the series is sometimes a challenge. I have been working intermittingly on painted cloth with gentle lines of stitching, adding a touch of color. This has given me an opportunity to explore different types of paint and methods of application. The testing of new techniques is an exciting aspect of working in a series. Just by changing one element, the entire focus can be shifted, yet all pieces are related.