Block printed wallhangings and modern tapestries

I’ve always loved color and fabric and as I was learning how to sew, I used the shortcut of tearing fabric to size. Not only was it faster but I loved the fringed edge that emerged.

At the same time I started creating printed patterns using vintage wood blocks-first on paper then on the fabric. I quickly learned that I enjoyed working with paint more than a sewing machine.

Over time my process has evolved to become more organic in nature and I now spend my days creating tapestries and wallhangings using a process of layering paint onto fabric and tearing that fabric into varying sizes of squares and strips. These fabric pieces are then arranged and rearranged, colors added or replaced, until a workable form or sense of balance begins to emerge.

The pieces in the final arrangement are then nestled together with the edges of each neighboring piece and adhered to a fabric backing. The combined frayed edges give the finished work a sculptural texture while the patterns created by the repeated applications of paint provide an overall sense of depth and complexity.

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