As a fiber artist, my work features a variety of techniques and media, including hand and machine stitching, paint, rust-dyed natural fabrics, embroidery, beadwork, heat-altered synthetic materials, and found objects, among other things. Bright colors, interesting shapes, tangled threads, beads, scraps: they all add texture, shape, and dimension, bursts of energy that sometimes explode beyond the confines of the frame.
To create the pieces on display at GOLA, I stitch together synthetic fabrics and then fuse and melt them with a heat gun and a soldering iron. (I wear a mask because of the fumes!) The results are often unexpected, but always interesting.
Why Greyhounds? As the housemate of five of them, I can tell you they’re a bundle of contradictions. They can run faster than racehorses, but they sleep twenty hours a day. They’re aloof, but love to cuddle and gaze at me with their big, soulful eyes. They are surprising in their grace and hilarious in their awkwardness. These contradictions draw me in, and I use my art to show them as the silly, sweet, funny, beautiful, fast, slow, energetic, lazy, persnickety, intuitive, relaxed, goofy, and graceful beings that they are.
If you would like to see more of my work, visit my Etsy shop at skinnydogstuff.etsy.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember: Skinny Dogs Rock!