My “little hobbies”

In my spare time I like making things…

cut crystal-glass rose buttons

Mostly glass buttons and beads, including painted roses.  Also a heart button made from shell, some silvery metal buttons combine with black cut glass.

silvery glitter embedded in plastic, amber colored, misc celluloid buttons

Vintage buttons and beads make snazzy bracelets, strung with Stretch Magic® and given to my family for Christmas.

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Often I use recycled materials in my work.

This panel was made from plastic bags that once contained coffee, dried fruit or the daily newspaper. In other words, it was made from oil.

THE GAS STATION PROJECT  In 2008 Jennifer Marsh, a sculptor who initiated The International Fiber Collaborative, put out a call for people all over the planet who enjoyed working with fiber arts on every level, from hobbyist to professional, to express their concern about the world’s dependency on oil.  Participants of all ages from school children to little old ladies created 3 foot square panels expressing their views using fiber techniques such as knitting, crocheting, piecing, and stitching.  Jennifer connected all 3,400 panels together and sewed them to a backing to create a cover that transformed an abandoned gas station near Syracuse, NY into a work of art.  Having lived in Syracuse for 17 years and knowing exactly where that gas station was, I was compelled to make my panel.

“As the leading voice for collaborative public art projects around the world, the International Fiber Collaborative is dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of contemporary art & craft through educational experiences. We are committed to developing vital education programs that elevate, expand, modernize and enhance the image of collaboration and education today.”


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