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Prints, Drawings and Bronzes by Robin Wheelaghan

At Mote 102, Edinburgh, Scotland

We were in Edinburgh in August, and Robin’s show opened in September.

If you missed the opening and show in Edinburgh, as I did, check out Robin’s website to see more of his work at

It’s intense work, full of turbulent movement between black and white with a balance of shades of gray. You need time to absorb all the details, intricate lines and meanings.The drawings and prints are like Greek myths inside collections of labyrinths.


Last Chance to bid on art at the Silent Art Auction, Hirsch Wellness

Bidding from September 19- October 1, 2022

Please Register at:

ART LIVES HERE 2022 features the donated work of 150 artists to help raise funds for Hirsch FREE OF CHARGE Arts and Wellness programs, provided free to all who face the challenges of cancer.

Last bid : Saturday, October 1, 8pm


Integration From the Insight Sutra


This is my donation to Hirsch Wellness. It’s from the SEEDS OF LIFE sutras, meditations to support hopeful thoughts. The embroideries are inspired by the artwork of the Haitian Spirit flags and Eastern European folk embroidery.

The connection between the two is folk art from very different cultures. How beautifully they go together!

Detail from the Insight Sutra: Integration

Fabulous ideas for watercolor landscapes that can be easily translated onto fabric.

My twin sister sent me this book for my/our birthday-thank you Jenny!

Thanks to Ann Blockley for offering a wealth of ideas in how to create dramatic effects-practical and inspirational.

A great way to add spontaneous color to enhance your narrative embroideries.



The Foothills Art Council and the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center present New Works by Tapestry Weavers South.

The Studio Gallery

110 North Bridge Street

Elkin, NC 28621

June 3-August 21 2022

Slide Show:

Equilibrium #2 by Jacqueline Mehring

Cat’s Eye by Betty Hilton Nash

Vista by Connie Lippert

In the Garden by Joan Griffin

Journey by Jennifer Sargent

Wedge Weave by April Carter

Vista by Connie Lippert

Migration by Genie Greenlaw

Voices 3 by Terry Bryson

Fiesta,Fiesta by Louise Halsey

Study in Yellow and Blue by Mary Jane Lord

Blue Poodle by Mary Jane Lord

Spirit Journey by Betty Hilton Nash

Wandering but not Lost by Louise Halsey

Equilibrium# 4 by Jacqueline Mehring

Workshops from January -May 2022

Weaving Miniature Tapestry Portraits at

In this ongoing workshop, enjoy creating a miniature tapestry of yourself, a loved one or beloved pet!

We will weave on a small cardboard loom to explore and enjoy this relaxing and therapeutic art form. Warp and weft yarns are provided, and participants are encouraged to use their own yarns and threads in their tapestries.


The inspiration for the tapestry “Fellow Americans and Exotic Aliens” came from Bob Sober’s exhibition at the Imperial Center for Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount, called Small Wonders: insects in focus.

His monumental photographs were awe inspiring in their beauty and dignity. Two adjectives that I would not normally apply to insects. One of the insects photographed, the yellow nose clown lantern fly has a sibling in the USA- the spotted lantern fly which is now the scourge of Virginia and has recently migrated into North Carolina too. These insects are known as exotic aliens.

Before my daughter and I became American citizens, we were designated as legal aliens. There seems to be similarities between the attitudes towards citizens who are called ‘aliens’ and ‘alien’ insects and plants. One of the reasons that exotic insect and plant aliens are regarded as pests is because they have no “natural enemy” in their new environments to keep their populations under control. Once established, some of the exotic aliens can overcome some of the native species.

The yellow nose clown lantern fly
Bob Sober composes his insect portraits from hundreds or even thousands of photographs stacked into a single digital image….then prints the composite images at a relatively monumental scale in comparison to the minute subject matter; some prints in this exhibition are more than 6′ tall…”

woven in two pieces, symetrical but not identical
the yellow nose clown lantern fly in the Garden Fence Gallery


Not as large as the monumental photographs of Bob Sober, but this yellow clown nose is still much larger than life.
And obviously would not survive being outside in winter.

Ilustrations of Haitian spirit flags from Spirits in Sequin: Vodou Flags of Haiti

This book was my inspiration for my valentine card from my previous blog entry.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the beautiful sequined and beaded flags of Haiti. The illustrations above are all spiritual flags of the Vodou religion with Haitian symbols of their Gods and beliefs.

However, there are artists who create sequin and beaded pieces that do not refer to the Haitian religion and these works of art are called art flags.

After reading Nancy’s book-my first trials experimenting with sequins

For those of you who would like to try creating art flags inspired by “Spirits in Sequins”- the Dollar store has some great selections of sequins in some beautiful colors. My first pieces were sewn on white cotton fabric, and now I sew on different colored felts and add embroidery stitches.

Detail of Mandala from the heart sutra

Drawing inspiration from the beautiful embroidered work of Hillary Waters Fayle, we created our own embroidered botanical embroideries with magnolia leaves.

I love the connection with nature as well as the idea of impermanence.

Hillary says that some of her main stitches are running stitch, back stitch and couching.

two of my embroidered leaves

I tried all 3 stitches- and added seed stitch from our stitch embellishment class

Thanks to everyone who came to the workshop on May 13th!

“I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged into a woood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

Robert Frost.

I thought the weaving would be over once I had woven the 16 tapestry pieces. Wrong! I have to edit to make the shapes fit and make sense. At least, make sense to me.

Before sewing the pieces together, I want the pieces to make sense individually and as a whole.

I don’t like the top part of the 6th tapestry piece

So I am reconstructing the 6th piece. Now I see other areas in tapestry I might reconstruct. I might want to improve or restore sections.

Would it have made sense to have planned this out in more detail?

Absolutely. The road not taken.

Hirsch Wellness Network at 1-2.30pm on Thursday, January 28, 2021

This workshop was inspired by textile artist Gabriela Martinez Ortiz. She is a Mexican-based designer, and creator of Ofelia & Antelmo, a textile art project based on hand embroidery.Her work is governed by the philosophy of the Slow Movement, a cultural revolution that values processes, enjoyment and the calming art of slow-making.

Learn the relaxing and mindful art of embroidery.We will work with 3 simple stitches to create different surface patterns that can be used to embellish clothing, bookbags or decorate pillows


Reconquering Burgundy, resurrecting Charles the Bold

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Photography Art Plus

Photography, Animals, Flowers, Nature, Sky

NC Alternative Crops and Organics

art in fibers and fabric

around the garden

art in fibers and fabric


art in fibers and fabric