Handmade paper is beautiful on its own, and satisfying to make. It can be used for books, journals, or as the base for drawings, paintings or prints.
Works on Fabric
Printing on fabric and creating textiles is a way to bring function to my blockprints. I enjoy the calming repetition of hand-stitching, and continue to work on my machine sewing skills.
Printmaking- Linoleum Blockprints
Linocuts are one of my favorite medium to work in. I design and carve the image, and give it the ability to live many different lives. It can be printed on paper, fabric or wood, and can be painted, embroidered or left plain. I always wish I could be in five different places doing five different things at the same time, and through printmaking, I can.
Sculpture- How the Porcupine Got Her Quills
I created the bronze portion of this piece in the Spring of 2014 during my advanced metals class at CMU. From there, I created the ceramics piece during my apprenticeship with Shirley Brauker in 2017. This piece is based on the Ojibwe story by the same name, detailing how the Porcupine earned her quills through cleverness and perseverance. It earned Juror's Choice 2nd Place during Art Walk Central 2017.
The process is as interesting as the piece- I hope you enjoy seeing the many steps it takes to create a mixed-media bronze sculpture.
Much of my apprenticeship with Shirley Brauker has been focused on learning the business of being a professional artist, as well as ceramics.
Misc. Traditional Arts
Although I come from a family of artists, most of my knowledge of traditional art techniques and practices have come from classes, workshops, and my own personal research. I learn these crafts for my own personal well-being, to enhance my creativity and connection with the Earth and my heritage, and to help maintain the knowledge of these cultural practices for generations to come.