Gallery Three

Queen of the Night

21" x 24"

Cottons, batiks, hand dyes, organza,

Hand constructed night blooming cereus flower and leaves, thread painted, machine quilted.

Statement: In this piece I wanted to try and capture the flower of the night blooming cereus plant. The bloom begins opening around 8 pm and is fully open by midnight.
It blooms for one night and dies in the light of dawn.

Artist's Private Collection

Night Casting I & II (diptych)

I 14.5" X 18.5"
II 14.5" X 17.5"

Cottons, batiks, exotic yarns.

Hand and machine constructed, web, spider and leaves, thread painted, and machine quilted.

Statement: The ogre-faced spider casts its net of fluffy silk over its prey much like fishermen cast their nets in the sea.

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"A thread of orb web silk can stretch 200 times its length before it breaks. It's more than three times stronger than a thread of steel of the same thickness." . . . Ranger Rick Magazine

Arachnids and Old Lace

16.5" X 21.5"

Materials: batiks, cottons, silk ribbon, exotic yarns

Hand and machine constructed spider, web, and leaves, thread painted, machine quilted.

Statement: How can one have arachnophobia when we see the lace-like weavings of the bowl and doily spider? Sheet weaver spiders (try saying that three times in a row) weave a silken bowl doily platform underneath. They use the confusing tangle of lines to capture insects.

Collection of Joan Horvitz, Moreland Hills, OH

Night Weaver

15.75" X 17.50"

Batik, thread, batting

The spider and web were thread painted on a whole cloth background. The piece was machine quilted.

Statement: In this piece I tried to show the hackled silk of an orb weaver
with the spider camouflaged in the middle.

Artist's Private Collection

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