Current Show - Project Art for Nature

Last week I dropped off two new pieces of work at the new Project Art for Nature show at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI. It is a beautiful show that includes a wide range of artistic media as well as approaches to the natural sites observed by each participating artist.

Places Between, Species Within: Project Art for Nature's fourth cycle unfurls with a show of new works, by both new and renewing artists, at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Exhibit Dates:  19 Aug – 25 Sep 2011; Opening Reception, 26 Aug, 6:30-8:30 pm. Round Table Discussion with Exhibiting Artists, 25 Sep 2011, 2:00-4:00 pm.  Check the Phipps website for gallery hours, For more information about Project Art for Nature and participating artists, please visit

This is one of the two pieces I have in the show, and one of four pieces I made using the new stencils described in this post.


Please join us for the opening reception, this coming Friday evening from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.!


Inspiring raw materials, plus Loring Park Art Festival

This week I bought a piece of handmade Japanese Kozo, cut it up into 10 pieces and then made my own momigami, or "strong paper." This is done by coating the sheets with konnyaku starch, which comes from the Devil's Tongue root. It's a powder you mix with water, brush on both sides of the paper and then crumple the paper into a loose ball.


While the paper is still damp you crumple it more and work the surfaces together. The more you work with it, the more like cloth it becomes. Then spread each sheet out to dry flat on a table.


This treatment makes it receptive to dyes, and easy to stitch. I get my kozo and konnyaku from Wet Paint Art in St. Paul, and they get it from the Japanese Paper Place in Toronto. (Check my Resources Links.)



I wanted it flat (not perfectly) so I could mount my silk pieces to it, so I ironed it. I really like the wrinkled surface and the color of the kozo. And it's a dream to hand stitch.

katazome dove on silk broadcloth, natural pigments, hand-stitched to momigami

katazome dove on silk broadcloth, natural pigments, hand-stitched to momigami

This Saturday and Sunday I'll be at Loring Park Art Festival.

A good day

I had a good day at the art fair -- Art at St. Kate's. Before the gates opened, I captured a few views of my booth. One of my customers commissioned a rabbit runner for her meditation room! It will hang on her wall, with all the rabbits ears up (as runners, they change direction in the middle). I will have it ready for the next show (Loring Park Art Festival in Minneapolis). The most interesting comments came from people who are frustrated with the rabbits in their gardens!

Booth view 2, katazome runners

Booth view 2, katazome runners

It's July in Minnesota.  The day started out hot and humid, and ended with two thunderstorms. A great adventure!