I went to Vermont at the end of the summer with the goal of decreasing my anxiety by spending time in nature and making something new with my hands. I stayed in a cabin on Lake Sadawga and immersed myself in learning how to do punch needle embroidery. I was fortunate to be able to spend time with my family outdoors.
I make lots of drawings and am intrigued by the idea of spending more time with my favorite compositions beyond the initial sketches. I have made paintings, papier mache figures and suitcase diorama environments and was open for something completely different. I fell in love with watching artists using tufting guns on you tube. I researched supplies needed and learned through making mistakes and this fall completed 6 pieces so far! I am using a small needle punch tool, not a tufting gun. I am certainly not done learning and that’s a BIG part of the fun and challenge.
I am thrilled to be showing a few of these pieces at Lump Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Thank you Bill Thelen of the Drawing Room for presenting this new work!
In the summer of 2020 Rachael Hammerlein asked if I wanted to work on a project to acknowledge a community partnership between The Fresh Market and Wave Pool gallery. We went into the store and met employees, asked about the work they do and photographed them. I then made this series of illustrations that were displayed where customers checked out. After the exhibition, people in the artwork were able to bring home an original portrait of themselves.
I’m proud of the outcome of this project, and if someone that is seeing this needs an illustrated series of people in a company or organization for a brochure or annual report—please contact me— I’d be happy to work with you.
Pink Flamingo Rescue is a roaming installation that reminds us of our connection to community, despite the current conditions, created by Jeffrey Miller in the spring of 2020. Comprised of 100 portable, yard flamingos, anyone can sign up to temporarily “adopt” the flock. I worked with Jeffrey to illustrated the signs that accompany the flock.