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New Society6 Section

August 20th, 2015

Came back from Maine with lots of rock images which I thought would make good iPhone cases and the like. So… I opened a site at Society6 to showcase the work. Here are a few of the cases. I like the contrast of the rocks and technology.

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These were all studies of rocks

These designs and others also come in framed prints and lap-top cases and skins.

They are available with other images at my shop on Society6.


July 29th, 2015

Saw a wonderful exhibit, China, Through the Looking Glass” at The Metropolitan Museum in NY. Displays made connections between the Western view of Chinese decorative culture and contemporary high fashion.

sketchbook drawings
Dress inspired by Chinese Manchu Robe

Spread out over three floors it was pattern after pattern after pattern. The exhibit was as much a piece of art as the fashions and the Chinese artifacts. Each gallery more wondrous than the next. Colors, ancient Chinese textiles and objects pared with current haute couture.

Contemporary ensamble and ancient bronze bell. sketchbook drawings
Style showing very early Chinese decorative elements, and on right From Wuxia, stories of martial arts, over 2000 years old.

blue-and-white porcelain sketchbook drawings
Decorative flowers every where – ancient, blue-and-white porcelain. The embroidered rose is from a shawl, representing the China Trade.

Bodice of dress made of blue-and-white porcelain shards.
Bodice of this dress and neck piece are literally made of blue-and-white porcelain shards.

Working/Day Off

July 12th, 2014

Have to get out of the studio from time to time… So, yesterday we packed a picnic and headed to the Poconos in PA for a working/Day off.

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Our idea of a day off!

Went to Hickory Run State Park – I used to go there many, many years ago with my parents when we lived in a little house with no air conditioning. My dad would pack us all in the car on a hot Saturday with a picnic my mom made and we’d head north for a day of lazing about in the woods. I always wanted to go “down the shore” but my parents were “up the mountains” folk.

Park hasn’t changed much, wasn’t very crowed, esp. on the trails, We hiked “Shades of Death Trail” which was well blazed and we just followed the yellow marks deeper and deeper into the woods, stopping to catch our breath and take pictures. (Upon hearing the name of the trail, my friend, Sally, asked if I was hiking with Harry Potter!)

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Deep in the forest.

There were several old dams which had been built many years ago by loggers. This was the highest.

Pocono Mountain Laurel Hickory Run State Park
Pocono Mountain Laurel

I was surprised that the Mountain Laurel were still in bloom but a ranger said they were late this year. PA has wonderful Laurel all through out the woods, usually in June but here they were in full glory. This trail while not too long was very rocky, up and down along cliffs above a creek. I later read in a brochure that it was “the most difficult”. How come I never stop and read these things before I leave my hiking stick in the car? This was a trip worthy of my cousin Stig! But it was so beautiful. At one point it opens out a bit and goes through tunnels of Laurel. There were iridescent dragon flies, birds and butterflies, moss looked like velvet and Indian pipes and mushrooms.

Hickory Run State Park
Rocky Heart

One the way back I saw this rusty color heart in the rock and it made me smile.

Textile Design-Trees

May 25th, 2014

I love the process of taking an image, developing it further and then turning into a repeat pattern. I want both the original design and the repeat pattern to each be complete in themselves but not necessarily have the same feelings.

Basic image for trees.
“Original image for trees”

The original design is a combination of a photograph of trees along the road and hand drawn trees. It was worked into a repeat with strong geometrics.

Trees design in Repeat.
“Trees design in repeat”

Gardens, my non digital world

May 8th, 2014

I’m very excited to have finally created a page on Facebook where I could concentrate on my love of gardens and my work which results from it. It is called “Gardens, my non digital world”, after my first blog. I hope you visit and enjoy it at: This page has since been repurposed to show my work.

My new Gardens, my non digital page link.
“Tulip image”

Summer Lilly

July 18th, 2013

Sometimes we just need to take a break and look at something wonderful! I posted this on FaceBook today!

day lilly
SUMMER: heat brings beauty