Healing Garden

     "Healing Garden" (42”W x 29”T x 1”D) was originally designed to simulate an indoor garden in a massage therapist’s office, but the piece didn’t end up there. When it was clear that its original design site wouldn’t happen, I added even more flowers and shrubs to the landscape. The sky became rich with beaded clouds and subtle textures in various shades of cream and white were added to make the background richer the closer you get to its surface.

    I am a rabid, avid “dirty nails” gardener, so, much of my time when I’m not making my art work is spent on my knees digging in the earth. For me, gardens are very soothing places, and I’ve solved a lot of my life issues pulling weeds. A living garden offers an even greater challenge when I try and compose the various elements as sunlight variances can make for vast differences in plant heights and bloom times. At least, on my small cloth compositions, I have total control over where the splashes of color and texture appear. However, unlike a real garden, there’s no change in the scenery as the seasons pass, so I try and compensate for that by adding intricate textures. As you get closer and closer to one of my art quilts, you can see more and more details, until finally, you could get lost in a world of swirling colors in glass if you could crawl down into one of the beads.

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5 thoughts on “Healing Garden

  1. Wow!!! Your pieces are amazing.  You must have the patience of a saint to sew on so many beads.  Great beads, your collection must be voluminous. 

  2. If you go ti my web site,,,, http://www.fiberfantasies.com  you’ll see where I audaciously proclaim myself to be the Button & Bead Queen of Maryland.  I have the shelves color co-ordinated, so there’s the red shelf, and the blue shelf of jars of buttons and beads. The gold takes up 3 shelves, and the green two,  so, yes, I’m easily seduced by pretty, shiny things. (I think I was a crow in aother lifetime…:)

    As for patience, I was a 7th grade science teacher for 27 years, and my quilts never, ever stick pencils up their noses, so the only patience I have to render is the slow pace…1″ square takes 1 hour and the inevitable bead accidents. I have learned to secure the tops and lids of jars and containers before I set them down….usually…)