crochet event @ HELD

Hi folks,

I am going to have a crochet event and closing party for my show at HELD VEGAN BELTS!

The event will be Saturday November 28th, from 4 to 7 pm.

HELD is located at 3033 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211 and it’s regular hours are 11am to 7pm tuesday through sunday.

I’ve got a bunch of crochet plastic bag sculpture up there, and lots of BRAND NEW PAINTINGS!

I will also be teaching people how to use plastic bags to make yarny stuff! A basic knowledge of crochet or knitting is helpful for this, and maybe some plastic bags, although I will bring a bunch with me too.

Please bring your crochet hooks and some scissors, since I don’t have enough scissors for a large group of people. You will find it much easier to have your own supplies, and then you can continue to work on whatever it is you start at the workshop.


I hope to see you there and then.

Thanks folks!




This is not done, but you get the idea.



abstract landscape workshop for kids

Oh! I forgot to put this in here…
yesterday I did a workshop at a community center in NW portland. For kids.
I showed them how to make abstract landscape paintings.
We did small paintings on paper, kind of like cardstock. They were tempera and acrylic. I brought books and showed them pictures of abstract paintings, landscape paintings and abstract landscape paintings. We talked about Georgia O’Keeffe and about our favorite places in the world.
Then we painted.
It was super fun!
I also brought a painting I’ve been working on and showed them what I do and talked about abstraction.
There were a large age range of kids. Maybe 6 to 10?
They did amazing paintings! Just gorgeous.
One boy painted Oaks Park, a local small amusement park. One boy painted like 4 paintings. One girl did this beautiful bright striped painting.
I just wanted to share this.
It was very fun!

Thank goodness it’s summer!

It’s nice an warm out there today, but I’m indoors working on stuff, as usual.
I’m finishing the ‘root body’ of a new sculpture. It’s like I mostly want to make these sculptures lately.
I do paint a bit pretty much every day, but mostly I want to crochet. That’s fine with me. I have a big installation going up in October, so I need to be as productive as I can.
Tonight I am going to teach a workshop about the plastic bag crocheting! I am excited! It’ll be at Janovec Gallery, in SE Portland. The workshop is sponsored by the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art, of which am a member.
I am totally excited to teach these women how to turn bags into other things!
Mostly I think I will focus on the ‘yarn’ part. And starting a project. A small project.
I’m getting faster, after doing this for a year and change. But it takes SO long, I don’t think people realize how many steps go into it. Not that there are too many, it’s just more complicated than simply buying yarn and beginning. The crochet itself is slower too, just because it’s a tougher material, and has the potential to break or stretch. And it is not possible to make the size of the ‘yarn’ uniform in a timely way. So it has to be a little uneven.
Anyways… after I teach this class I have to go take photos of the installation at Blackfish Gallery! It’s been up a whole month and every evening I forget to photograph it. In the daylight there is a horrible glare and it is impossible to photograph. But at night there are lights in the window – it looks gorgeous!
I am in love with it. And I have to take it down in a few days! But elements of that exhibit will be in future installations, some that are more interactive and give people a better chance to fully experience the pieces.
It’s just been really cool to have work in that gallery. I have loved that gallery for years. It’s about as old as I am, a co-op, and in a great location. Lots of very talented artists show there.
Ohhh! Ok, I have to get ready to go teach.
Thanks for reading this.


Blackfish Gallery fishbowl inside

lovely plastic yarn!

If you are interested in learning how to make plastic bags into yarn and are in Portland please get in touch.

I will be teaching a workshop next week about this, at Janovec Gallery in SE Portland. The workshop will be an hour long and is sponsored by the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art.

This free class will fill up fast, so please let me know if you would like to be involved.