I am an artist and teacher working with fiber, fabric, and mixed media collage. I love providing art instruction for all ages. I also teach Zentangle, a special, meditative drawing technique that focuses the mind and releases creativity. My Certified Zentangle Teacher training (2012) was made possible by a Chris Clark Fellowship award from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. My mission is to guide others to an artFULL path.
I am deeply spiritual; I revel in those things that make for good – the things that we can do to shed a little light, to help place an oft-dissonant universe back in tune with itself… Long live art, long live friendship, long live the joy of life! https://youtu.be/G5jZe32DEYI
As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, NAMI Lansing is hosting an art show in Old Town (https://www.namilansing.org/). I have two pieces in this wonderful fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s Lansing office. Join me at Urban Beat in Old Town Lansing on Friday night, October 12th, 7:00-10:00PM! There will be an interesting variety of artworks expressing the beneficial properties of making art.
Create your own individualized peace signs from paper, plastic, yarn and beads. Draw peace signs on paper (or use stickers or clip art), laminate with clear plastic, hole punch the edges and crochet around with colorful thread or yarn. Voila! You have a wonderful, unique ornament, pendant, earring, or good luck charm.
Paper (I used white drawing paper)
Markers, crayons, or gel pens for drawing (I
used fine tip markers and metallic gel pens)
Round Hole Punch (1/8” or ¼” diameter)
Embroidery floss or crochet cotton (I used
sizes 20 and 3) for edging
1 skein embroidery floss for each tassel,
Clear plastic laminate for heat sealing (3 mil
or 5 mil)
Laminator, electric (I use a “Scotch” brand
Large eye Beads, optional
Large eye embroidery needle
Small Crochet hook (I used B and E)
peace signs on paper—I ranged from 2-3” diameter
out peace sign shapes, allowing minimum ½” clear border around each shape
punch around shape, within clear border area, spacing holes about 3/8” apart
hook moving from front to back through punched holes, single crochet around the
entire shape, creating a colorful border.
I usually make 3 stitches per hole—you may have to “fudge” a bit to make
the crocheted border fit snugly around the curved edge.
NOTE: I used a E hook for embroidery floss and
crochet cotton #3 and ¼” holes
used a B hook crochet cotton #20 and 1/8” holes
reaching the first single crochet stitch, join with slip stitch to first single
create a loop, chain 25 and join with slip stitch to first chain. Tie off and weave in end.
Today we find ourselves living in a society in which gun violence feels commonplace. Yet an enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned about the rising tide of gun violence.
Artists have been a catalyst for difficult societal conversations throughout history. Guns: Loaded Conversations seeks to engage viewers of differing opinions to listen to each other and to encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.
Organized by SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates this exhibition features 33 art quilts by both national and international artists. The exhibition was juried by Dr. Vicky A. Clark, an independent curator and writer. She has assisted with Fiberart International exhibitions in cooperation with the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, and has been a visiting curator and lecturer in the Textile Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also a professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, West Virginia University, and Clarion University.
I had fun this afternoon at “Make Simple Jewelry” at the Maker Studio, East Lansing Public Library, East Lansing. A totally enthusiastic group of students (all ages) created necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pins from a variety of beads and cords. Many thanks to Cathy Blatnik and her All Faith Ministry for disABILITIES! (https://www.facebook.com/All-Faith-Ministry-for-disABILITIES-1542074422739471/)