Thursday, October 4, 2018

'The Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts'

Northwest Designer Craftsmen
is pleased to be exhibiting 
'The Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts
at the Washington State Convention Center

September 29 - January 6, 2019
705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
7am to 10pm daily
Level 2 Main Galleria

Sunday October 7 - Everyone is invited to:
Artists Opening Reception at 1:30
Curator Lloyd Herman’s presentation at 1:45
At 3:00 we will walk to Facere Gallery for a Reception
1420 5th Ave
Everyone is welcome

My new sculpture 'Multiples: Keeping Tabs' will be included in this exhibit. Created out of hundreds of aluminum pull tabs crocheted together using stainless steel wire.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

'Kelp Forest' Extended!

'Kelp Forest'

Great news, 'Kelp Forest' has been extended through this Fall!

If you didn't make it to Tacoma Ocean Fest, there's still time to see it installed in this incredible historical space...also be sure to check out Annie Crawley's photography displayed on the gallery wall behind.

'Kelp Forest', 15ft wide x 10ft deep x 8ft long, created using over 400 reclaimed & reinvented plastic bottles. 
A HUGE thank you to Ocean Fest Tacoma, Rosemary Ponnekanti, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation & Foss Waterway Seaport for funding & hosting this project!

Our appreciation also to Alec Clayton for his thoughtful words highlighting this important event! ARTICLE

Foss Waterway Seaport 
705 Dock Street 
Tacoma, WA 

Take a virtual stroll through the Kelp Forest...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tacoma Ocean Fest

Tacoma Ocean Fest
Celebrate | Learn | Protect
June 10, 11-4 

Foss Waterway Seaport 
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA

My new Environmental Installation 'Kelp Forest' will be featured at Tacoma Ocean Fest. Created using hundreds of reclaimed plastics, in mass I have collected, washed, cut & reassembled over 300 plastic bottles. The completed installation will be suspended up high within Foss Waterway Seaport enabling visitors to walk underneath it's ghostly form.

Ocean Fest is a one-day free festival on Tacoma’s waterfront for World Ocean weekend. It brings the community together through arts, sciences and water play to celebrate the ocean, tell about its threats and inspire people to protect it. Big thanks to Greater Tacoma Community Foundation for funding this project and to Rosemary Ponnekanti for the invitation!!

Learn more about the festival here, Tacoma Ocean Fest 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"Following A Thread" BallardWorks-Seattle

'Kelp' (detail) Crocheted Plastic Bags & Acrylic
"Following A Thread"
BallardWorks Exhibits Group Show 
Thursday, April 19th 

2856 NW Market St., Seattle 98107

April 19 - May 9

This group exhibit is a survey of the fluid landscape of textile arts. In it, Seattle-based established and emerging artists examine the dynamic of the stitched line as inspiration, mark, and material. Curated by Cameron Anne Mason, exhibiting artists include Lou Cabeen, Barbara DePirro, Maura Donegan, Deborah Kapoor, and Carol Milne.

Three floors of art studios and exhibition spaces open for the Art Walk Thursday, April 19th, 2018. Open 6:00-9:00 pm only. Open houses at several of the 20 BallardWorks studios offer a chance to talk to the artists and see their oeuvre. Families with kids, art lovers, collectors, and neighbors are welcome. Enter through the 1st or 2nd floor doors on 30th Avenue NW. Studio artists' work includes painting, woodworking, sculpture, print making, and more, all under one roof.

Note that the BallardWorks Ballard Artwalk has changed to the Third Thursday of each month, 6:00-9:00 PM, so mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you!

'Nectary' (detail) Crocheted Plastic Bags & Acrylic
'Pollinate' (detail) Crocheted Plastic Bags & Acrylic

'Radiate' (detail) Plastic Bottles & Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire
'Bloom' (detail) Plastic Bottles & Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire

Friday, November 10, 2017

'Flourish' at Seattle Center

'Flourish' is now installed!!

This is what 3,000+ bottle caps look like. Installed at Seattle Center Poetry Garden through January 2018.

Special thanks to Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and Seattle Center for highlighting & funding this project!

‘Flourish’; thousands of plastic bottle caps reclaimed, drilled then stitched into multi-color eco-banners. Each abstractly representing & celebrating the multicultural mix of people in our community.

Photo Credit: Seattle Center

Photo Credit: Seattle Center

Photo Credit: Seattle Center

Thursday, October 5, 2017

'Nests' in Shoreline...

'Nests' a temporary environmental installation within an urban forest in Washington state.
These 30 sculptures are woven out of the invasive ivy that strangles both our urban & rural forests. Each nest has then been harmoniously installed throughout South Woods Park in Shoreline.

Thank you Shoreline Public Art and City of Shoreline Parks & Rec for this opportunity!

A close-up video glimpse of a 'Nest" in motion HERE 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

'Bloom' is now in New Jersey!

'Bloom' on view now at Sally D. Francisco Gallery in New Jersey, 
'All Things Considered: Basketry in the 21st Century'.

I'm honored to have my sculpture included in this exhibit, such a wonderful mix of artists!

And here's a short video of 'Bloom' in motion at American Art Company in Tacoma, thanks to Mary Coss for sharing! VIDEO

Presented by the National Basketry Organization, All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century is the ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions intended to show the full spectrum of work currently being executed by well-known and emerging artists in the United States.
The exhibition opens in conjunction with the 2017 National Basketry Organization’s conference in Tacoma, Washington. From black bamboo to reclaimed plastics, it represents a broad range of approaches by artists working within the field of contemporary basketry. Showcasing excellence in creative exploration, technique, craftsmanship, these 70 artworks were juried by Lloyd Herman, the founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery from 1971 – 1986. Herman is also the author of Art That Works: The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Exhibition catalog available for purchase August 1, 2017.

Exhibition Schedule: 
July 20 – August 26, 2017: American Art Company, Tacoma, Washington
September 16 – October 29, 2017:  Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey
March 29 – June 9, 2018:  Society of Arts + Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts

This exhibit is made possible with support from the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation and the Windgate Charitable Foundation.