Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Poke Berry

Making Pokeberry Ink!  I need your black walnuts, dead iris blades, cattail fiber. 

Drum Leaf Binding Workshop

Super fun time with 10 students making Drum Leaf Bindings and learning about spine work and how to expand the horizon of books by interleafing and making sculptural pages at Forstall Art Supply in Birmingham - I will teach a paper making class next week at the Irondale Public Library - 

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Your absence has gone through me   
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.

Quote I read in the London Telegraph in 2010 “Oxford English Dictionary 'will not be printed again'
The next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the world’s most definitive work on the language, will never be printed because of the impact of the internet on book sales.” (2010) Dictionary printing will stop completely in the next 20 years is the prediction.

Being raised in a rural community undergirds a great deal of my iconography and working practice.  I have always been fascinated by dictionaries and a couple of years ago I realized I wasn’t seeing as many dictionaries in thrift stores and antique shops as I previously had.  I learned that dictionary printing has been greatly reduced and most of my recent large sculptures memorialize and mourn the passing of the dictionary – a tool I think of as humble yet incredibly powerful cultural relic now being discarded along with many other types of books.  I twist and manipulate hundreds of dictionary pages to force an intimacy with the subject becoming object, with the reverence for the passed life and the confrontation of the doggedly present body of pages/vocabularies/and understanding.  Dictionaries have always been my translators – a way for me to establish immediate understanding and vital contact with the world.  As the printed dictionary passes from the world I want to use the physical remains of dictionaries to create artworks that are able to communicate my ideas and feelings about the fragile nature of the human condition that can’t be relayed by sentences alone.  I hope to connect the abstraction of narrative with the physicality of porcelain, thread and dictionary pages.  By playing with the mass gesture of this much paper I hope that the  text and texture of the pages will form a literal embodied narrative that opens into vast, imaginative space for the viewer and provokes them into thinking how objects can reflect our inner emotional life as well as being a container for memory.  

recent studio pieces

going to add a garland and connect three of these - the other wreath has an image of the Bethlehem flower

Monday, March 23, 2015

Just got to see the blogpost that my friend Michelle did last year about mask making for day of the dead - its a wonderful post about the Dia de los Muertos Festival in Birmingham - if you need more information you can contact me at

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Show at the Light Factory and workshop -

Had a great pinhole workshop taught by Pinky Bass and I today = we taught about merging pinhole paper negatives into digital and transfer processes and had a great day with 14 students and they made tons of great images - here are some of the pieces ---- -=  Great community at the Light Factory in Charlotte.

Monday, January 26, 2015

details of effigy pieces

I like these details from the show because they show the texture and tonality of how I use Solarfast to capture photographic images on old linens and hankerchiefs.  Solar fast is an awesome product made by Jacquard - available online at Dharma Trading etc.  Message me with questions etc.

cool panorama shot by pinky

photos by carolyn demerit

installing at the light factory in charlotte north carolina

studio wall

organizing my studio - separating the wheat from the chaff etc.

the light factory - Charlotte North Carolina

Special thanks to the peeps at the light factory for taking some amazing shots of my show "Bright Filament: Dark Effigy" - excited about doing a workshop and the closing reception next week.