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Process: Barbara

Sharing the process and journey behind the finished product pays testament to the love, care, and time that goes into each work. If you want to learn more about Barbara and the other women of the Anonymous Woman series, get started here. If you’d like to own this work honoring the legacy of women before us,…

Process: Ruth

Sharing the process and journey behind the finished product pays testament to the love, care, and time that goes into each work. If you want to learn more about Ruth and the other women of the Anonymous Woman series, get started here. And don’t forget to sign up (it’s free) to become part of the…

The Origins of Embroidery

Embroidery as a word originates from the French word broderie, which means embellishment.  In the earliest days of man, we can find evidence of embroidery. Fossilized clothing from 30000 BC shows decorative stitching in boots, clothing and hats. In Siberia, archaeologists have found shells that had holes drilled into them and then were stitched into…

Artist Insights: How do you deal with perfectionism?

Artist Insights is a series where I answer questions from members of the community. Recently I was asked, My question regards perfectionism. Have you dealt with so — and if so — what do you do to overcome? Sarita, this is a great question, thank you for asking it.  If you are regularly visiting my…

A Brief History of Gold Leaf

Since the beginning, gold leaf has been about adorning and honoring important objects and people.

Artist Insights: Do you see yourself as teacher or artist?

Artist Insights is a series where I answer questions from members of the community. Recently I was asked, “What do you see as your strengths? And do you see yourself as teacher or artist .. which is the prime driver?” I grew up assuming I would teach AND make art. I never thought I would…

I have a confession…

I have a confession: I talk to my paintings. It sounds weird I know. But it’s the trick I’ve used to be spontaneous and somewhat unplanned in my art. I start with an image in my mind. Usually I catch a glimpse of an artwork in that time just between awake and asleep as I’m…

How to Be Unapologetically You

Art often comes to me in my dreams. I still remember the moment I realized I had to keep a journal by my bedside. I was young, maybe pre-teen, obsessed with poetry. I woke up with a poem in my head. A fully formed poem. No edits needed. I felt like I woke up to…

How a few sparkly sequins shifted everything

The first time I remember impressing someone with my art was in the 5th grade. I attended Avon Elementary School and my teacher was Mrs. Codner, a teacher who appropriately loved fishing. She tied A LOT of her lessons back to fishing, so it’s no surprise we had a lesson about carp. I don’t remember…

None of these women had names

I found myself on the US National Archives looking at photos of Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart as I started to build a series of artworks of these recognized women. That’s when I came upon another set of images. I found black and white photos of women from the 1940s. Some were cabbies.…

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