G is a rabbit that I bunny-sit for on weekends when her parents go out of town. She's been nicknamed G because even though she's a Checkered Giant she's small for her size - so just G. I was inspired to make a simple quilt of her because of her bold contrasting colors. She has the cutest face with those big black splotches! I also wanted to branch out a bit and work with some different materials. For the background I glued paper napkins and newspaper strips to white cotton. I painted the base with fabric paint and after letting it dry I did some sewing. I put down a layer of tulle and couched the yarn down following the newspaper strips. Then I took out my heat gun and melted the tulle. All the time while I was working I expected it to be a lesson in failure because it wasn't until the last step that I liked what I saw. Here's my finished piece:
I’m a fiber and textile designer with interest in both practical and beautiful items. My pleasure comes in imagining and bringing into being items whose unique qualities cannot be manufactured or reproduced by machine. Wearable art accessories satisfy the practical side of me while being pleasurable, appealing and totally fun! I also love accessorizing the home. Fine art satisfies my need to delve into detail, especially in portraits. Wool vessels are simply intriguing to create and can be practical too.
I find that wool as a medium is exciting because of all of it's great qualities - it can be dyed to vibrant colors, molded into form and shape, and worked both small and large.
I’m an animal lover and purchase my wool from the Illinois Green Pastures Cooperative
where local farms supply animal friendly products. I’m involved in rabbit rescue and have a revolving door of foster rabbits living in my home. Some of them even give me a little fur to spin.