I've found great inspiration in my travels, both around my home and around the world. Here you will see some of those embroideries that are the results of the way I see.
Grand Central Station has always been an inspiration. Here are two borders I created using imagery from the station...the grillwork is beautiful and instantly wanted to be translated into embroidery. The Grand Central Key is how I articulated the crown molding in the food court, as I was eating a piece of Coconut Cake from Magnolia. The French Market Grille is from that diner in West Hollywood, where I used to see Angeline all the time and the Providence Grille, believe it or not is my abstraction of a radiator. I have many images from NY and LA that have been articulated or in the process of being articulated so this section will be updated frequesntly.
"Grand Central Grille"
"Grand Central Grille"
Detail, on Villa Savoia textiles "Liege" linen
"Grand Central Grille" on cotton
Grand Central Grille detail
"Grand Central Key"
On Villa Savoia Textile "Liege"
Grand Central Key on Villa Savoia "Liege" with "Havana II" print
"Grand Central Key" on cotton
"French Market Grille" on Sandra Jordan Alpaca with a Fortuny fabric applique'
"Providence Grille" on Wool Sateen
Fortuny and other applique'
There is an art to pairing one textile with another. My love of Fortuny fabric is highlighted here as well as work that pairs my own textiles with one another. I work diligently in creating stable applique' - and hand cut these shapes on my frame. It is labor intense work and allows for endless variation in types of contrast in color, pattern and texture.
Fortuny Applique' examples
"Serpentine Blade" Fortuny Applique'
"Wright" Border with Fortuny Applique'
"French Market" Border with Fortuny Applique'
"French Market" with Fortuny Applique'
"Corner Knot" Fortuny on Fortuny Applique'
"Corner Knot" Silk Pillow with Fortuny Applique'
"Circle" Border with Fortuny Applique'
"Circle" Border with 24ct. Gold Leaf Applique'
"Circle" Border with Raffia Applique'
"Circle" Applique' Border using Bellinger Lace and pearls
"Circle" Headboard Embroidery on linen
Tibetan Endless Knot Mohair Applique' on silk
Tibetan Knot detail
"Chain" Applique' linen on linen
"Chain" Applique' detail
"Chain" Applique' Linen on Linen
"New Key" Applique' Border with mohair on linen
"New Key" Applique' Border using Bellinger Silk Velvet on her ground fabric
I am constantly playing with the tools provided to me in my embroidery software. This page represents the playfulness that results in stretching the idea of what embroidery can be. In my mind, a needle can not only add thread to a surface but can also disrupt the ground that thread is piercing. My goal is to restructuring fabric in a way that is new, and sometimes difficult to identify as either woven or embroidered.
"Cracked Ice" version one
"Cracked Ice" version two
"Squares 'n Squares"
"Octagon Plaid" detail
"MSS (Michael S. Savoia) Key" and "Embellished Ovals"
"Embellished Ovals" detail
"It's A Spiral Thing"
"Spirograph" 38" diameter (egg didn't help scale)
"Monogram" on Bellinger "Steeling Beauty" woven metal
This category along with the Historic category speak to my relationship with different cultures and past styles and how I interpret these designs in embroidery. Fretwork and keys are an obsession.
Included in these examples are pieces I designed to enhance the beautiful and luxurious Alpaca fabric from Sandra Jordan. I was first introduced to this marvelous surface by Interior Designer Mary Douglas Drysdale when I produced my "Moroccan" Border for the Richmond Symphony Design House some years ago. It has since been a favorite foundation for my threadwork.
"Chinese Fretwork" Border on linen
"Chinese Fretwork" border detail on linen
"Chinese Fretwork" border in production
"Chinese Fretwork" Border leading edges on silk
"Fretwork" Border on linen
"Fretwork" Small Border
"Helix" Border detail
"Endless Knot" Border on wool sateen
"Endless Knot" Border on linen
"Endless Knot" border on linen
"Pelicano" Border on Alpaca
"Pelicano" Border detail on Alpaca
"Cuzco" Border on Alpaca
"Peru" Border on Alpaca
"Peru" Border detail on Alpaca
"Landers Border" production detail
"Suzani" Border on linen
This is a small representation of examples of embroidery that are created from historic imagery. I'm inspired by what I see around me and that which I find in the many books in my private library. Art Deco, French Mid-Century Modern, American Arts and Crafts etc. I find inspiration in textiles that reflect different times and places.
"Agra" production detail
"Agra" on linen sheer
"Art Deco" Border
"Art Deco" Border detail
"Art Deco" Border Small
"Floral" Border on silk
"Complex Floral" Border on linen
"Complex Floral" Border detail
"Complex Floral" Border on silk
"Summer Vine" on linen
"Summer Vine" Pillow production detail
"Art Nouveau Summer Vine" on silk
Moroccan Border on Alpaca
"Medallion" on silk
"Leleu" Border on linen
"Leleu" Border as ottoman (courtesy of Heather Hilliard)
Chandelier embroidery at Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House
Pillow embroidery and production at Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House
Custom projects are a vital part of my creative development. I enjoy the collaboration it brings and how that collaboration allows me to stretch my imagination. These projects often include mixed materials as additional embellishments to embroidery, often achieved through my handwork.
Hand Beaded "Deco Rose" Valence production
Hand Beaded "Deco Rose" detail
18th Century "Leaf and Berry" Chair Back
Custom Hand Beaded MS Monogram Embroidered Satin Pillow