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Trees
16Jul
2010

I enjoy representing or including the natural world in my work. Trees and flower images are depicted in their entirety; roots often placed on a woman’s slip at the “centre of the universe”; flowers, fruits or leaves at the breasts. Pictures from bamboo in my garden become a silkscreen to pigment a city on a man’s shirt, circling around him, chasing his shirt-tails. A skirt and bra I made from recycled jute is grown with wheatgrass to become a ‘living’ bra. A weaving of bicycle tires, copper, ribbon and pearls hangs in my garden as a lattice for scarlet runner beans to grow and then is uprooted to be worn.

8 q
Lotuses & Flowers
16Jul
2010

I enjoy representing or including the natural world in my work. Trees and flower images are depicted in their entirety; roots often placed on a woman’s slip at the “centre of the universe”; flowers, fruits or leaves at the breasts. Pictures from bamboo in my garden become a silkscreen to pigment a city on a man’s shirt, circling around him, chasing his shirt-tails. A skirt and bra I made from recycled jute is grown with wheatgrass to become a ‘living’ bra. A weaving of bicycle tires, copper, ribbon and pearls hangs in my garden as a lattice for scarlet runner beans to grow and then is uprooted to be worn.

8 q
Fish
16Jul
2010

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8 q
Eve is the Garden
08Jul
2010

1 slip dyed in bronze fennel and rusted, 1 slip dyed in cochineal and rusted, jute, wheatgrass seed, sunlight, kelp water

The Caper’s contest, to incorporate food into design for fashion, inspired me to create a prototype for the “living dress”. I wanted to design a piece that went beyond imaging food on clothing to actually clothing of food. Last year, I made a dress of scarlet runner beans growing up a woven, metal dress, fashioned after Venus de Villendorf. When uprooted, the beans quickly dried and drooped. I wanted the Caper’s dress to keep her integrity longer so I chose organic wheatgrass as the edible textile, grown on a backdrop of felted jute. I bought the seeds and starting soaking them 12 days before the contest deadline. Then I spread them out on jute fabric cut into my pattern pieces for the dress and nurtured them for 10 days. On July 18 I sewed the seams. Voila! Underneath the grass dress are 2 recycled slips; one dyed in the natural dye cochineal, the other dyed in the leaves of the bronze fennel (from my garden). The lacy quality of the slip echoes the delicate patterns in the roots and leaves of plants. The grid pattern on the longer slip is created by rust and is meant to evoke the network of roots that feed the grass. Eve is barefoot in her garden; her earrings are fresh cherries, her watering can resplendent with more.

8 q

Wool silk, indigo, acid dyes, bamboo print, shibori

I love bamboo, I don’t know why. I love Susan, she’s my friend. Experimenting with unusual objects clamped on fabric, creating a resist when over dyed (a type of shibori), I created a raft of bamboo wrapped in wire which, when clamped on wool and silk and dipped in dye made this beautiful print for my beautiful friend.

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It’s a Girl
08Jul
2010

Procion H silk screened onto linen and silk. Wax resist, stencils, drawing ink, screen coat.

I was inspired by a photograph my husband took of me and our two boys with a beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium. In cloth, I wanted to replicate the layers I saw in those pictures: light and texture as well as depth and time. Here I am, underground with my children observing a beluga whale through a window, while my husband observes us through his camera’s lens. The whale is boundary less at first light; the beginning of time. Deeper, our curiosity encases her and once staged in the artificial, faux-wild aquarium, we watch her watching us being watched.

8 q
Salmon Run
08Jul
2010

Wool, kelp, chicken wire, acid dyes, indigo.

I am attracted to patterns, and the similar patterning of fish scales, chicken wire and knitting stitches intrigue me. The result of combining these elements with the florid colours of the maturing salmon resulted in an unexpected commentary on fish farming.

A chicken run, a dog run, a fish run. Run salmon, run!

8 q
Breast Implants
08Jul
2010

Felted jute, wheatgrass seed, kelp fertilizer, water, sun

I have always loved gardening; fresh air, aspirations of promise, budding uncertainty, food. I wanted to transfer this experience to cloth. My experiments proved wheatgrass to be very forgiving when uprooted and when receiving nutrients only through sprayed kelp water. A grass bra sounded fun and then it came to me: breast in plants. These were entered into the 2006 Wearable Art Show in Port Moody.

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The Venus Project
08Jul
2010

Copper wire, brass wire, bicycle tires, ribbon, pearls, air, scarlet runner beans, purple beans,soil, water, sunlight, time

Inspired by the overt femaleness of the Venus de Villendorf and a school weaving project based on creating woven sculptures, I used the loom to weave an open tube of wire, bicycle tires and ribbon. The tires, once inflated, became the huge bosom and buttocks of the statue. The finished piece hung in my garden and in the spring I decided to grow beans up it and enter it into the 2005 Wearable Art Show (picture 1). In the show I called it “Venus de Beano” (picture 2). Ultimately, Venus went back to the garden where she awaits her next interpretation (picture 3). Photo credit: Frozen Reflections (www.frozenreflections.com)

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