Collage with Vintage Patterns
This group of collages include vintage patterns that range from the 1960s-80s, cloth swatches, ribbons, pins, jewelry, buttons, thread, and what wasn't tied down!
I began this series just by instinct; without any real direction or reason. As the pieces began to multiply I suddenly connected many pieces to other women I know. I find myself, often, playing host, critic, counselor, advocate, and listener to a lot of women in my life (as we all do!). As the sometimes, unbelievable, shocking or hilarious, stories are told to me I put them in a safe place in my heart. At times, they are confidential and painful. Each collage symbolizes a story I have been told or experienced. The fabric, the ribbon, the pattern, the design reflects the characters and the setting of each story. I ingest these memories and express them in abstract form.