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I collect unfinished, anonymous textile based hobby projects, photograph them as found, and then transform them into finished sculptures. The objects’ incompleteness is my road in. I start where this unknown person left off. I extract the love, frustration, boredom, eccentricities, or whatever other traces of  humanity that I can divine from the piece and let these characteristics take the lead. I am the final chapter in a story that unexpectedly stopped in time. Though separated from the author by time, the process of transforming these objects allows me to cross the boundaries that continue to persist between art and craft, the past and present, the young and elderly, what is old and new, technology and handmade, and between traditional techniques and conceptual art practices.

Artefacts. 2019
Artefacts. 2019

Portraits of each unfinished anonymous project as found before transforming them. Framed digital prints on archival paper. Variable dimensions.

Non Binary. 2019
Non Binary. 2019

A digitally embroidered rendering of my 10yr old son’s drawing, hand embroidery on an unfinished anonymous embroidery project. 28” x 20” x 1.75”

Pillow Talk. 2019
Pillow Talk. 2019

An unfinished anonymous embroidered pillow project from the 1960’s, digital embroidery, flame worked glass, cotton, vinyl and a vintage bed sheet. 49.5” x 49.5” x 2.75”

Pillow Talk.
Pillow Talk.
Pillow Talk.
Pillow Talk.

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Pillow Talk.
Pillow Talk.

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Pillow Talk.
Pillow Talk.

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Pillow Talk.
Pillow Talk.

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Pillow Talk.
Pillow Talk.

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Pillow Talk.
Pillow Talk.

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No Seat at the Table. 2019.
No Seat at the Table. 2019.

No Seat at the Table. 2019. Two unfinished embroideries for chairs made by my paternal grandmother, blown and sandblasted glass. Variable dimensions (panels: 17.5” x 24” x 1.75” each).

No Seat at the Table.
No Seat at the Table.
No Seat at the Table.
No Seat at the Table.
WWW1 (World Wide Welcome 1) 2019.
WWW1 (World Wide Welcome 1) 2019.

Digital embroidery on an unfinished anonymous embroidery project and matching fabric, scrap wood. 72” x 78”

WWW1 (World Wide Welcome 1)
WWW1 (World Wide Welcome 1)

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WWW1 (World Wide Welcome 1)
WWW1 (World Wide Welcome 1)

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WWW1 (World Wide Welcome 1)
WWW1 (World Wide Welcome 1)

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WWW1 (World Wide Welcome 1)
WWW1 (World Wide Welcome 1)

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Original artefact for "Nights Off"
Original artefact for "Nights Off"

Ink-jet print on archival paper. An early 1900's unfinished purse making project made by an anonymous woman.

Night's Off. 2018
Night's Off. 2018

An unfinished anonymous early 1900’s purse project, digital embroidery, hand embroidery, crystals, digitally printed fabric, flame worked glass, chain, loose threads, spools and an enlarged re-creation of a wooden clothes drying rack. 100” x 61” x 33” (Woodwork: John Tinholt.)

Night's Off. detail
Night's Off. detail
Night's Off. detail
Night's Off. detail
Night's Off. detail
Night's Off. detail
Night's Off. Gallery view
Night's Off. Gallery view
Original Artefact for "Swallowed"
Original Artefact for "Swallowed"

Ink-jet print on archival paper. An early 1950's unfinished embroidery project made by an anonymous person.

Swallowed. 2019
Swallowed. 2019

An abandoned unfinished anonymous embroidery project, flame worked glass, digital and hand embroidery, ink and fabrics. 43” x 57’ 1.5”

Swallowed
Swallowed

The population of North American barn swallow has for the last 30 years, been on a rapid and steep decline.

Swallowed
Swallowed

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Swallowed
Swallowed

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Swallowed
Swallowed

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Swallowed
Swallowed

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Swallowed.
Swallowed.

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Original Artefact for "Hooked"
Original Artefact for "Hooked"

Ink-jet print on archival paper. A 1930's unfinished anonymous vintage Eaton rug project.

Hooked. 2016
Hooked. 2016

Fused window glass, wool and flame worked glass on an unfinished anonymous vintage Eaton rug project. 28" x 54 x 20"

Hooked.
Hooked.

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Hooked. Detail
Hooked. Detail

Two foot prints left unfinished acts as a metaphor for the notion that there is always room for self growth. The glass panel is a gentle shoreline, a placid wave, a horizon toward another realm, a place where one is allowed to unhook, unravel, unleash themselves.

Hooked
Hooked

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By Hook or by Crook. 2016. In collaboration with John Tinholt.
By Hook or by Crook. 2016. In collaboration with John Tinholt.

(Inspired by "Hooked") Approx. 3500 flameworked glass beads, aluminum chain, fabrics, thread, velcro, carved basswood, paint and wax crayons. Dimensions variable - approx 12 feet wide by 5 feet tall

By Hook or By Crook.
By Hook or By Crook.

Created for CAFKA

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By Hook or by Crook
By Hook or by Crook

Installed on the exterior wall of Len’s Mill, a popular and affordable textile and craft supply store. The historical rug that inspired the flying carpet could have easily been found at Len’s Mill back in the 70’s.

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