Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Day of the Dead ATCs

"Death by Caffeine" 
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

"Frida's Garden"
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

"You Devil"
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Recent Stuff

I've been kicking it in the studio ALOT here lately. It's been a whirlwind getting ready for local art shows and markets.  Here's a little peek at what I've been up to...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Guerilla Art in the Toilet

The ultimate in guerilla art! Try smuggling one of these into your local watering hole and swapping it out. Not for the squeamish or for germaphobes.

Night Owls

These were created for the "Cap It" Bottle Cap Art Show and were a collaboration between myself and fellow local artist and friend Chrissy Johnsrud. The show ran for the month of September in the Harbor Building hosted by Emerald Isle Framing, The Rookery Fiber Art Shop and Kodiak Island Brewing Company.

Art on Display

This piece was created with help from students at North Star Elementary during my residency there last year. It was donated to the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center and is currently on display. The background is painted and collaged fabric stretched over a frame. Anemone and rocks were created out of felted wool and stitched down. The fish and jellyfish were constructed from recycled materials.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

It's been waaaaaay too long since I last carded fibers for spinning. I'm still getting settled into my new studio space and have finally unpacked everything- most of it stuff I haven't seen in a few years. I'm currently in the process of carding up ALL of my of spinning fibers. Not sure if these batts will make it on to etsy... I really want to spin them!!! I still have more to card up. I'm about half way through my stash I think. There's still a whole other stash of fibers for dying, and another for felting. Dye pots are next on the to-do list I think.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sketchbook: Alutiiq Petroglyphs

Stencil, Stitch & Saw

Most of the pieces I've been working on are a combination of collage, sewing, stenciling and paper cut outs mounted on painted plywood.

Earth and Sky

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Octopus Stencil

Originally uploaded by yarnpunk

I've cut several different sizes of this stencil and am making some prints with them before I use the actual cut outs on collaged backgrounds.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Octopus in Progress

Octopus in Progress
Originally uploaded by yarnpunk

Working on octopus stencils to use in some collages I'm working on. Referenced some unfinished pages in my journal for my stencil sketch. Trying out different sizes and can't wait to spray paint.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Taking Flight

Postcards made from recycled cardboard. I'm sending a whole flock of these birds out into the world. It will be interesting to see how many of them reach their destinations.

Completed Works

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Post Card Art Show Submissions

Post Card Art
Originally uploaded by yarnpunk

I've been busy working my stitched collages into finished pieces. These three are for Kodiak's annual Post Card Art Show. Show opens 6:00 PM Friday, February 18th at the Harbor Building at 334 Shelikof Street. I am currently working up more of these in a slightly larger format. Stay tuned for photos!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Originally uploaded by yarnpunk

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Trash Rescue

So last May, as I was completing my Artist in Residence job, I was busy trimming and mounting student collages for display in a student art show. I couldn't help but noticing all the left over bits piling up in the trash bin next to me. I had a hard time convincing myself that what I was looking at was trash, and that it should stay right there in that bin where it belonged. Despite telling myself I did not really need to bring home any more stuff, all I could see was color and texture waiting to be worked into something new and exciting...
Getting just a little bit side tracked yesterday, I dug out the sewing machine and threads and...
lost myself to several hours of stitching, stitching, stitching. And when finished...
found myself busily collaging and weaving strips together to create backgrounds for smaller works of art. Here are a few examples of the finished backgrounds I intend to use:

Now all I need is some plexiglass, wood, spray paint and a few tools and supplies from my arsenal to finish these little guys! Time to start sketching designs...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Exit the Black Hole... with vintage Sci-Fi Yarn

Haven't posted one of these in awhile. Actually I haven't really posted much of anything in awhile. Might as well have been living in a black hole as far as blogging goes. Having my life packed up in cardboard boxes and moving from rental to rental over the past couple of years has proved creatively challenging. Thankfully I had residency work last school year to keep me busy and explorative. Now that the moving is over, the boxes unpacked, I have permanent studio space! I still plan to spin yarns and create mail art, but I am definitely drawn to exploring more mixed-media applications involving fibers and recycled materials and putting more energy into the Tide Pool Project. Feeling a bit rusty and slow to start, but I'm moving again. Right now I'm working on assembling jellyfish out of recycled plastics and yarn for a gallery in Anchorage. More details and photos to follow soon.