Saturday, December 15, 2012

King Crab & Bull Kelp

Started cutting king crab and bull kelp. These were positioned on hand painted and stenciled fabric mounted on plywood.

Art Walk at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

Recently I participated in an art walk at KNWR back in November. The theme was recycled materials. I had been working on these jellyfish for my First Friday art show at Octopus Ink Gallery in Anchorage this month and decided to give Kodiak a little preview of the swarm I was working on. The jellyfish are made from plastic bottles and bags along with wire and yarn. The purpose if this installation is to draw attention to the growing problem of plastic in our marine ecosystem. I would like to see Kodiak embrace an ordinance banning plastic bags in our community, as many other coastal communities in the state of Alaska have already done so.

Beautiful Brushes

Fabric and thread brighten up these ordinary artist brushes. I was lucky enough to receive one as a trade last year at Art Fest from my friend Janne Robberstad and was decided to create my own to give as gifts to family and friends this year. A fun way to inspire creativity!

Sweater Owls

Last year someone gave me a wool sweater
 they had shrunk in the wash to use for some plush monsters 
I was making. Every time I looked at this sweater I saw owl 
faces looking back at me. As part of an artist christmas ornament swap, 
I created these little guys as. The sweater yielded enough material to make 
12 little owls with plenty left over for monster making.

Huggable Monsters

These were created last year for a Holiday Art Market I participated in and are based on Keely Barham's Wooly Beast workshop I took part in Port Townsend, Washington at Art Fiber Fest in 2007.

Salmon Life Cycle Chart

Created last school year during my residency at Peterson Elementary in Kodiak, Alaska. It is a combination of wet felting an needle felting depicting the life cycle of the salmon. The finished piece measures approximately 4'x3'.