Friday, August 27, 2021

Placemat Maps

 I used to have a large collection of placemat maps. These were placemats you’d find in small town restaurants in high tourist locations. They pinpoint area attractions and tell you about local businesses. I always loved the quirky artwork.

Here is my placemat map for The Village part of the World of Possibilities. 

The drawing is complete and I’ve transferred the design to fabric.

Ready to stitch!

Friday, August 20, 2021

Linda Eaton


 I was so lucky to know Linda Eaton. She is the woman in the middle of the photo above. The woman on the right is Tricia Nguyen, the mastermind behind the Cabinet of Curiosities, and the reason Linda and I met. 

Linda approached me out of the blue one evening with an email inviting me to exhibit my casket at Winterthur. WOW! After I accepted, spoke to Linda via email, and calmed down I had to thank Tricia for making this happen. She downplayed her involvement at the time but I knew she had made it happen.

And then I got to know Linda. Oh our friendship was way too brief.

I just learned this morning that Linda died last night. 

Linda had an Indianapolis connection. We often spoke about her coming to visit my studio and having time to get to know each other better. It never happened. 

So I will treasure what little I time I had with her. I feel that I only knew a tiny little bit about a woman of enormous talent, energy and creative enthusiasm. Here is one link to more about Linda .

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The Castle Archway

 The castle archway began years ago as a theater arch only partially completed. 

I pick the project up again, widen the arch and now I’d like to finish it. I am including children from the Dragons kingdom. They are the happy children from the front of my first casket and will be playing instruments and dancing once again.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The StairPalace


The StairPalace drawing is complete. From small hillside huts to linked homes the Stair
Palace grew over time.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Wrapping up 2020

The garden casket is complete. The front of the casket holds one of my first attempts at stumpwork, all worked in cotton embroidery floss, in 2013.
"Our tale begins, as...." 

The heart garden.
"......good ones do......" 

The moon garden.
"........Once upon a time......" 

The last side panel is the most recent embroidery finished in December 2020. 
The turnip patch.
"......A garden grew." 

Over it all shines the sun.


Monday, December 14, 2020

Ready For Irene To Move In!


Here is the photo from the kit box and on the right is a photo of Irene's House complete.
Irene hasn't seen it yet. Here the Princely Dragon is bringing the children of Junedale to decorate Irene's house for Christmas.
The biggest differences between the kit and my version is the cellar and the castle wall.
Here is a good view of the cellar. The figure outside the front door was placed there so all the children would be able to find the house easily.

As we come round the house we see parts of the castle wall that the house sits next to. 
The back of Irene's house.

Down in the cellar is the stair that wraps around the columns and opens next to the fireplace upstairs.
Before the house was renovated for Irene this hidden stairway was used to secret people and goods to and from various parts of the World of Possibilities.
More of the cellar.


The panel next to the fireplace is where you access the 'secret stair'!
Children playing on the other staircase, the one leading to Irene's bedroom.


Friday, November 27, 2020

Irene's House

Once the cellar was well underway I could start on the cottage above.

The piece of blue insulation foam will be the castle wall that the cottage is built against.

Here you see the castle wall taking shape as I decide how much wall to keep and how much to eliminate so you can see into the interiors.

The fireplace hearth is again a piece of foam, thinner than the castle wall, but shaped and painted into a brick surface. 


Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Kingdom of Junedale


The beauty of a project called 'The World of Possibilities' is that you never have to be finished.
The day after the US election I was looking for something to occupy my head.

I decided Irene needed a home.

Who is Irene? She is Ruthie's mother. She was banished from Oroarium, the kingdom of the Dragon Prince. She was not allowed to take her daughter. 
She was welcomed to the Kingdom of Junedale and given a grace and favor home adjoining the castle wall.

It is a Greenleaf kit I bought years ago. I will be making changes.
First off it needed a cellar.
The cellar is connected to a series of tunnels for smuggling people out of Oroarium. From the cellar a secret stair leads up to Irene's house.
 One of Irene's friends is checking out the secret stairway.

The cellar is far enough along that I can start on the house above.


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