Hi there. Thanks for visiting my site. Here, I’ve detailed a bit about my history with this particular art form. If you are interested in learning more about my involvement with graphic design, communication or dance, or wish to request support in these areas, please contact me.
My profession of design and communication is rooted in a deep appreciation for the arts. I’ve dabbled in many, but have always circled back to dance and visual art.
The first tapestries I created were inspired by the dramatic postures of Ruth St. Denis. Oh, how sad that I was not alive then (that I recall, anyway). Ruth, Ted Shawn, and the Denishawn School of Dance came just a hair after Loie Fuller and Isadora Duncan impressed audiences with their bold and unorthodox performances. Many more inspirational figures followed.
In an act of meditation on my favorite time in dance history, I hung a sheet on the wall and used an overhead projector to project a favorite image of Ruth on the fabric. The natural air current in the room moved the fabric just slightly. That, and the life-size image were enough to take me to that place with Ruth, and perhaps Ted, in the late 1900s.
That was it. The seed was planted, but I didn’t know how to make it grow.
Enter Karen Madsen. Karen is a local artist who I had recently met in the downtown scene. She suggested a type of dye that I might be able to use to print the image. She also encouraged me to show my process, and final work through participation in an upcoming group show. Eager to bring this image to life, and eager to share my passion for the arts, I created my first tapestries.
They were two diptychs: one of Ruth holding a piece of fabric in the wind, and the other, of her in a meditative pose. After I printed the images, I felt they needed just one more element… something to create more dimension and color. I came across some great old machined lace curtains, and found these to be the perfect stencils to create some context. Now, Ruth had a place to be. She was no longer lost, lingering in the Internet. No. Here, in my studio, she had materialized. And, she was dancing.
I am still passionate about these figures of dance, and from the many other subjects of photos that I find inspiring. I hope to continue this new style of art for some time.
If you are as fond of it as I am, let me know! Do you have a photo you would like to bring to life? Or are you interested in one of the themes I’ve been exploring? Contact me, and let’s discuss!