Wednesday, December 23, 2009

what is hanging on our door for the holiday?

this is hanging on our front door. made with grandkids using stuff around the house, including dryer sheet angels! santa image is from a sculpture by cameron stewart, called 'zenta.'


Saturday, December 19, 2009

organic shapes of cloth

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

paper circles

playing around with circles and paper and raw edges and minimal stitching...


Friday, December 4, 2009

cloth zine pages

i named this piece 'art school prayer flags.' they are made from pieces prints i worked on throughout the semester. i photocopied the prints on to cloth and then made relief rolled words from cut up cereal box. the words i chose to print were words that i thought would be good reminders for someone on the treadmill of an art school semester - rest, love, exhale, veggies. one of my fellow classmates suggested that i should also have included the word 'bathe.' oh, yeah...i know it really isn't a zine, but it's how the piece evolved.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


we had to make zines as a final project for a printmaking class. here are my zines!

i was home sick for the past few days and didn't have much to work with. i don't really have a press in my little teeny apartment, so i did the best i could with what i had. of course i had plenty of fabric. will show you the final result on the next post.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


sometimes i have to take a break from school work and doodle with a new set of markers. ahhhh...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

fabric collage

more playing with collage for my drawing class. making this image of two kids using various media.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

paper collage

working on a collage project for a class. school is sooo fun! more to come.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

tea bag stains

doing to experimenting with tea bag stains on cloth. while i was knee deep in tea bags, i noticed the stains they were leaving in my sink. i like those shapes alot!

Friday, October 30, 2009

repetition with collographs

playing with repetition some more. using strips of bicycle tire tubes printed on muslin. i like the way the stray threads printed an image, too. can't wait to stitch these!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

working on repetition

playing around with repetition. i used cut up bicycle tire tubes tied together with thread. i liked working on this. my classmates thought the work was pretty dark...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

embroidery hanging in a show

my work is hanging in a show for BFA students at the maine college of art.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

printing with bubble wrap

funny...some classmates put bubble wrap on the floor to the entrance of the studio. they sat around and watched the reaction as each person walked through the doorway, surprising themselves with the loud pop from walking on the bubble wrap! somehow i fell for the joke three times. so i had bubble wrap on the mind and decided to print with it on muslin. won't these pieces look great with stitching on them?

Monday, October 26, 2009

re-use, recycle, make art

at the beginning of the semester i wanted to put a 'maggie signature piece' on my studio curtain. i grabbed what i had in my apartment and came up with this. it has been a good subject of conversation...but i think the bell ringing every time i go in and out of my studio might be kind of annoying. can you tell what it's made of?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

bh & irritable 4ever!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the love of my life.


i am learning the ins and outs of screenprinting. one of the first pieces i worked on was a 'night monitor' t-shirt that print majors wear when keeping an eye on other students using the printshop after hours to be sure it gets cleaned up and stuff like that. i successfully screened the images on the back and front of the t-shirt and left my shirt on the drying rack. when i came into the studio the next day, there was my shirt, hanging on my studio curtain beautifully embellished and personalized by fellow student, kat lamont while putting in some later hours the night before.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

drawing and stitch - exquisite corpse

in my drawing class, we were exploring kind of an exquisite corpse drawing exercise. each person drew with a variety of objects and a variety of materials for a specified amount of time. then we each got a part of everyone's work. we had to make a cohesive piece of work using part of all of the drawings. i played with repetition and stitch and simplicity. what i like best is how it looks installed with glass head pins. i was inspired to use glass head pins after viewing the work of shannon rankin.

Friday, October 23, 2009

bad buddy in the print shop

lots going on in the print shop. we have a lift, called 'buddy,' that we use to pick up the ultra heavy litho stones. i decided to introduce bad buddy to buddy. they have become good friends.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

resolving work with cloth and stitch

here i am back in portland maine at the maine college of art and enjoying every minute of working on my BFA in the printmaking department. printing goes well with cloth and stitch. i am a real novice with a alot of printmaking techniques, so i fret about making my work look like a printmakers work 'should' look. at heart i am a textile or embroidery, after haggling with my 30 day project, i came up with this idea as a beginning. i am really happy with it. i printed on muslin with coffee grinds. i ran the printed text thru my inkjet on kettle cloth backed with freezer paper. folks in the department were really curious about my techniques. i am breathing a sigh of relief about integrating what i love with printmaking.

Monday, September 21, 2009

ode to the baltimore green awning

in keeping with drawing and stitching a daily gratitude list, i focused one day on the green awnings in my south baltimore neighborhood. a few days later, i received an invitation to join in a baltimore print exchange and turned my embroidered piece into a hand-colored linoleum print!