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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.


Point of View 2019 Tapestry Exhibition with Tapestry Weavers South

View of blue tree and blue planter (6 1/2″ x 6 1/4″) on wool warp

at The Foothills Arts Council and the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center

129 Church Street,

Elkin, NC 28621

Showing from September 1- October 31, 2019

Showing one of my favorite things..

sketch in oil pastels and chalk

It’s a tiny tapestry based on a quick sketch from my back garden. In my back garden under certain light conditions, the silver maples turn blue, beside my favorite blue planter.

Opening on September 1, 2019 from 3-5pm




Wendy’s tapestry progress. Her composition is building up beautifully. Note that the magazine illustration is the jumping off point for her own expression of the path before her

Judi’s latch hook piece expressing her experience of grief: darkness with some light punctuating the black with yellow appearing at the edges

Staci’s piece is about how she deals with working at the hospital while getting treatment: everything is in it’s own compartment and she is working very hard for the compartments to harmonize with each other

On Saturday, October 8, 2017,  at the Hirsch Wellness Silent Auction  my punch needle piece “First Things First” was auctioned, along with 120 other pieces of art to help raise funds for free art classes for cancer survivors and carers.  A lovely evening of great art, music, food and wine.

Way to go, Mona

A few days before the auction, at our September community fiber  drop-in class, Mona completed her first tapestry


A small sampling of what is on display at the 2016 Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Museum of Art, Greenville NC

2 pieces at GMA

My two pieces on the panel, “La Primavera” silk collage (on top) and “The Cup of Kindness” tapestry ( on bottom)


“Reverb” by Richard Lund, chalk on paper

3 pieces at GMA

on top: “Self portrait with sock monkey” by Kelly Taylor, oil on canvas Underneath: “Remembrances and Regrets” by Christopher Austin, ink on paper. ” Migrants” by Pam Toll, oil and fabric remnants on canvas

Quasi-delft bequest

“Quasi-delft Bequest” by Stacy Rexrode Bloom, permanent marker on plastic plates                                  Best in Show


“Stressin’ ” by Jamal Koberb, mixed media

I am Mvsoke

“I am Mvsoke” by Nancy White, watercolor and pastels

panel 2 and 3

“Panel 2 and Panel 3 ” by Jessica Dupuis, ceramic on MDF panel


“Broken” by Henry Stint, mixed media and “Heal” by Nancy White, charcoal

Here is some of the artwork that was on show at the Greenville Museum of Art, juried by Theresa N Hammond, Director and Curator  of the Guilford College Art Gallery, Greensboro. A fascinating collection  that showed a huge range of ideas, styles and techniques. This is a fraction of the work on display and my apologies to the other artists whose work is not featured here; it is an honor to be part of this show. There is still time to visit and see all the artists, which I highly recommend.  Thanks to Charlotte Fitz Daniels and the staff at the Museum of Art for their support and enthusiasm.

The show runs from February 5-April 24, 2016. For more information, go to

February is a busy month!

The opening reception for the Greenville Museum of Art Biennial Juried Exhibition, in Greenville North Carolina, is February 5, 2016.  The Exhibition runs February 6-April 24, 2016.

The juror is Theresa N Hammond, Director and Curator of the Guilford College Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina.

A cup of kindness

The cup of Kindness: tapestry

I am so excited to have two pieces in this show: and that the Museum of Art is within four hour’s driving distance .

Road Trip!

La Primavera

La Primavera : silk collage with beads and sequins

Santa is in the Building


The “Cup of Kindness ” tapestry is done


And I’ m ready for Christmas!

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak a cup o’kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Robert Burns ( 1788)


This tapestry is about my aunt Sue, who died in Edinburgh, this year on Good Friday. Tea and kindness will be forever entwined in my heart and in my memories of my aunt.

About half way through with the tapestry and with no idea what will happen next, so it might take a while.

The beauty of having a small frame for a tapestry loom is that you can travel and weave wherever you go !

As long as you have a small tapestry frame, yarns wound on bobbins, and a pair of scissors, you can go wherever you want and still be able to keep weaving your tapestry.

One of my favorite places to visit is by the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia,
surrounded by Douglas fir, deer and wild turkey.


This morning we threw more logs onto the wood fire as a fine mist drifted down from the mountains.


Reconquering Burgundy, resurrecting Charles the Bold

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Photography Art Plus

Photography, Animals, Flowers, Nature, Sky

Fibre art by Jean Ottosen

NC Alternative Crops and Organics

art in fibers and fabric

around the garden

art in fibers and fabric


art in fibers and fabric