February 2, 2015


Dear friends,

A note to let you know that I've decided to give myself a sabbatical. I'm closing my Etsy shop and this blog for an undetermined length of time. I thank you for supporting my work and sharing in this Sushipot adventure. Please do not be alarmed--all is well! I know this appears to be a sudden decision but it is one I have contemplated for a long while. In short, I want to give myself some room to work and grow as an artist. I have many ideas and projects that have been placed on the back burner due to time spent playing the 'Etsy game'. Any future updates will be posted here, though I am leaving my timetable open-ended as my off-line life is calling. 

All my best,

January 26, 2015

Doll House no 407

Doll House no 407 (with triplets), mixed media assemblage

I came across another book on midwifery last month dating to the mid 1800's. The engravings were sparse but few it held are treasures indeed. I do believe this is the first doll house in the series to feature triplets. I love how two have hair and the third is bald. Also, the dismembered legs gave me pause so I dutifully bestowed her with a new pair.

January 23, 2015

Betty Or Bettie?

The Child's World First Reader, published by Johnson Publishing Company, 1917

Oh to be young and conflicted as to the best spelling of your name.... B-E-T-T-Y or B-E-T-T-I-E? And now Miss Betty Doris Winn's reader has found its way to my studio.

January 15, 2015

Patchwork Book Quilt

Orange, mixed media collage quilt with old book covers

Old books that find their way into my studio are dissected and skinned. When the box labeled 'book skins' starts to fill up I piece together another patchwork quilt. Some of the skins are more brittle than others so I've found the best method is to glue them together first and then add the stitching. In the image below you can see the pre-gluestick composition of my latest quilt.

January 9, 2015

Valentine Art Blocks

The Christmas tree was dismantled earlier this week and our winter wear is being put to very good use. It seems like the perfect time to look ahead to sweet thoughts of love and friendship. If I do say so myself....these Valentine art blocks last much longer than a box of chocolates and they won't melt either.

January 5, 2015

Jester Assemblage

I had a request for another wall assemblage in this vein so I've created a jester. Figured it would be a fun piece to ring in the new year. He is a very jolly fellow indeed. Next up is a slew of art blocks which may or may not include a nod to St. Valentine.
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