Thread paintings

I study the beauty I find in the Northeast Texas landscape. My maternal family has lived near Bonham, TX for several generations, and I grew up playing in 300 acres of pasture and woods.  The seasonal colors and topography of the land serve as my inspiration.  I often spend Saturday mornings exploring this rural area and photographing the landscape.  Based on the photographs and my childhood memories, I create landscape-based artwork.

During my graduate studies, I began to create thread paintings using fabric and thread rather than canvas and paint. My interest in fabric stems from my childhood experiences. My mother, grandmothers, and aunts sewed clothes and household items for my family and friends.  I enjoyed the tactile softness and warmth of the materials. I appreciated the process of selecting the patterns and fabrics and then cutting and assembling the materials into new forms.

To create the thread paintings, cotton fabric is dyed for both sky and land.  Free motion machine embroidery is used to create distant trees and grass, and foreground details are made using hand embroidery techniques.  The use of thread and needle forces my artwork to progress more slowly than if the landscapes were rendered in paint. The more deliberate process echoes the peacefulness I associate with these places.

CR 3030 near Dodd City on March 23, 12 x 8
Barrens Rd near Dodd City on March 10, 10 x 10
CR 3071 near Bonham on March 4, 10 x 10
CR 3045 near Bonham on March 23, 12 x 8
FM 3010 near Bonham on November 21,9 x 18
CR 3020 near Bonham, 8 x 24
CR 3071 near Bonham on November 16, 10x 21
Detail, CR 3071 near Bonham on November 16, 10x 21
FM 3070 near Bonham on March 4, 10 x 23
CR 3015 near Bonham on November 9, 12 x 44
Detail, CR 3015 near Bonham on November 9, 12 x 44
CR 3071 near Bonham on September 9, 8 x 14
CR 3213 near Dodd City, 10 x 10
CR 3105 near Bonham, 10 x 10
FM 3010 near Bonham on November 16, 10 x 10
FM 3010 near Bonham January 8, 10 x 10
Detail FM 3010 near Bonham January 8, 10 x 10
CR 3115 near Bonham, 8 x 10
CR 1460 near Bonham, 8 x 10
CR 3200 near Dodd City, 8 x 10
FM 3070 near Bonham on January 8, 8 x 10
FM 3070 near Bonham on June 6th, 8 x 10
CR 3071 near Bonham on June 6, 8 x 10
Detail, CR 3071 near Bonham on June 6, 8 x 10
FM 3070 near Bonham on November 16, 10 x 10
Detail, FM 3070 near Bonham on November 16, 10 x 10
FM 3071 near Bonham on March 4, 12 x 8

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