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About debbie

Fiber Artist post arrival in the Pacific North West.Born in the East end of London now living on the Eastside of Lake Washington. Studied Fiber Arts at the University of Washington.Docent at Bellevue Arts Museum. I like to explore,create and enjoy within a mixed media universe.

Back to class

Collage containing 10 elements.Inspired but my family supporting a member living with dementia.

Tip in detail.Origami paper gifted in from a friend.

After a wee technical hitch with the blog I’m back ! After a quick update of my CERT certificate it’s been a busy few weeks.I have finally reconnected with my alumni university in the UK, more of that in the future but I’m pretty excited about this first step in my return to Oxford colleagues and studies.

I have signed up with a previous mentor Larry Calkins to explore collage at Kirkland Arts Center.Collage is an interesting medium.Very honest for the artist but not always understood by the observer.As an English woman in an American classroom I see the world from a slightly different perspective.I’m not sure about sharing the pieces here but will probably edit this selection.The summer will be full of house decorating,visitors and cutting and pasting.

Tracking Journal

Papercloth cover

The brief for this journal is to track weightloss for a Seahawks fan.Blue and teal paper cloth cover with simple fold text block .Graph tip in, motivational quotes and an envelope for recipes completed the project.

 

Local Journals

I have recently joined a Buy Nothing Local Group on Facebook.I love the idea of reducing landfill and recycling within my local community.

Last Friday group posted Fat Chance Friday.I offered to make journals for people from my over stuffed studio supplies and was amazed to get 7 requests for very different handmade books.I also requested hummingbird/butterfly friendly plants.

Anne requested a journal to document her vegetable garden project.I created this Scrappy Journal from Terry Taylor’s Eco Book which has been in my library for many years.It has been some time since I explored bindings and have already learn a few new text block techniques from Making Handmade books by Alisa Golden a new addition to my collection.

Cover detail from Anne’s Scrappy Garden Journal

Anne gifted me a big pot of bee balm which is already planted in my garden.

Art-tastic Evening

Fun evening at my local children’s museum.Took along my new little echidna creation for company.I didn’t manage to save any pictures of the children’s art work so it would be great to hear from anyone who took photo’s.

Back from Auz

What a fantastic trip a successful conference talk,family gold medal at the Commonwealth games and many memories made along the way.Here are some highlights.

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists- 21st Biennale of Sydney.MCA

Yarrenyty alter Artist.21st Sydney Biennale.MCA

Master weaver Ngarrindjeri.21st Sydney Biennale MCA.
Woven sedge grass.

 

Amazon Biodome Trip

 

 

 

 

 

My birthday present early in March was to tour Amazon’s newly installed bio-domes in down town Seattle.The building provides an alternate environment for work and collaboration within the company.

As an Amazon wife I’m really interested in the occupational health of this specific profession.So much has changed with technology over our life time and it’s interesting to observe at first hand the interaction of technology, humanity and the natural world.

I built my first sedum green-roof on our shed in Wantage in the 1990’s which was a great success and currently enjoy my weekly volunteer gardening in our local botanical gardens.I continue to interested in the connection of gardening and mental health.

I have a copy of Gardening Vertically by Noemie Vialard in my library and can highly recommend it as great reference.

Stocked with mangrove habitat.

I love the texture of these primitive trees

 

 

 

Stitch Play

One of the things I like to do is recycle.I’ve also been inspired by Japanese Boro technique for many years.We have that glass table and I’ve been working on a series of placemats from our families old jeans.

These are really basic starts and I’m looking forward to long light evenings adding more stitches.

I’m off to Sydney Australia this month, am booking an embroidery class and will be connecting with a long term internet crafting friend.

 

 

Women and Creativity ATC

I’ve been invited to join the Women & Creativity ATC Play along again this year.

ATC’s or Artist Trading Cards are 3 1/2 by 2 1/1 inch pieces of art created by artists  for many different reasons.Maybe to try a new techniques, as a learning opportunity or to make a statement.

My Great Grand Father was a lithographer in London.I made an acrylic 3 layered background on green card.I then made a simple print block and hand-tinted flowers.I then used a glitter fabric pen to highlight the edges.

 

The Art of Forgotten Things

 

Necklace detail

Two Christmases ago I was gifted a book about creating necklaces using peyote stitch clasps.It took me a year to learn the techniques and along the way I met a whole new group of friends.I have subsequently joined a local seed beading group.These are the pieces I have completed so far.

Deck outside my studio dreaming of the days when I’ll be creating outside again.

Altered necklace from our 25th anniversary trio to Hawaii.I can’t wear metal next to my skin so this makes a great alternative.To be worn at a fall wedding in the UK.

 

 

February Fun

Garden installation

Well that’s I made it the last month of being 50 !

I again helped to build the Seattle Arboretum Foundation’s award winning garden.I was asked to paint the piñata green to blend in with the design.I love working with Bob Lily and the team from the Arboretum Foundation.We have great fun and it is the best cure for my seasonal mood disorder (SAD) One of the nicest things is that Bob always gifts us plants and currently my deck pots have Blue Irises popping up at of slightly different blues from different builds.I’m also totally indulged by hubby and we always buy a plant or two to add to our garden collection. This year we have a white ribes and two beautiful  specimen witch hazels.We have also gained some kinnickinick which I’m hoping will do well.

Leigh ,my wonderful gardener, and I have big plans for the garden this year.We’re trying some live stack planting with a very vigorous ribes which was causing a visual obstruction to the traffic on the street.We used the cuttings to screen the working area of the garden.We’ve taken advantage of renewing the fences in the fall to make formal plans.I value my privacy so am exploring different screening methods , these also help our small birds hide from the Cooper’s hawk that nest’s across the road.

I’ve wanted to build in more bird and bug friendly elements.I really happy to see the birds beginning to court on our deck.Most exciting of all is our Berwick wren seems to have a partner so I’m hoping to see the population increase.I’ll post the new structures and elements as they develop.