Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween from the Photo Archives


I've been thinking about masks during the season of costumes, and I recall a phase of my weaving journey full of masks--the last years of the 20th century. (It seems so long ago).

There are many tutorials on YouTube on how to make a plaster mask. This one seemed quite good in case you are moved to make a personal plaster mask. After I made my mask out of plaster, I used it as a base and created a paper mache model over top of it. In fact, I can still use my plaster mask which I still have in a box somewhere.

Then I wove a horoscope weaving for the moment of the new millennium. I attached the weaving to the paper mache masks using a thinned down white glue. I won't tell you how many hours it took me to create the "hair" (twisting the fringe around floral wire so I could restyle the hair whenever I had a few extra hours).

I made this as a wall piece, but I can see that I could have made it into a headdress (which I would have done had I been living in Montana then) (grin)

Perhaps I will fish out the forms and do that for next Halloween.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Silk Ikat Brooches at Hangin Art Gallery

The Killdeer Artisans Guild will present their Holiday Exhibit with an artist reception October 29th from 2-4 PM.

I decided to make some of my ikat jewelry. Below are a dozen brooches posing with a quarter in the lower left to give an idea of the actual size of the pieces.

I first started creating wrapped silk jewelry back in the 80's. Somewhere in the vast store of slide trays, I have many images of examples (to be scanned one day).

Each segment is wrapped in a manner I have perfected over the years.

I couldn't resist posing the jewelry pieces along with some of my woven images.

I can't decide whether or not the background adds to the effect or takes away from the piece.

Here they are mounted and ready to go. (except that I ended up taking the busy background away from half of them) I will see which ones are left over.

I only made a dozen as the space is limited in the gallery, but I am prepared to make more. If you are interested in purchasing these amazing little gems, please contact Hangin Art Gallery

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Woven Collage at Hangin Art Gallery in Arlee

Pictures are lacking at this juncture, but I wanted to share the final results. (14" x 20")

Here are 5 of the 8 wonderful women in the workshop. Each created a woven collage 5" x 7" based on the theme ---weaving the highest wishes for self into highest wishes for the world. (empowering and uplifting)

Know joy and create. As we care for ourselves, we respect & care for the world. No worries. Shown His love! Unity through unlimited diversity. Working toward compassion from me from the world, to me to the world. Travel, teaching and pleasure. Give the people of the world a voice.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Renegade Weavers Ride Again

Back in the mid 70s, a small group of Montana gals got together and formed The Renegade Weavers. The qualifications for membership:
1. Do not belong to a Weaving Guild.
2. Never have woven a place mat. Over the years, I have broken both of the rules. and yet 35 years later---we came together again in Montana.

Most of us have joined weavers guilds and woven place mats.
But we still know how to kick up our heels.....

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


With Bonnie Tarses at the Hangin Art Gallery & Coffee House
Arlee, Montana
Woven Paper Collage is the first step to weaving cloth. The technique is fun, easy and full of creative expression. Begin with a stack of magazines, a scissors, and a glue stick. The results are always surprising and delightful.

Date: October 22, 2011
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM (with an hour for lunch in the middle)
Call: (406) 726-5005 to reserve your space today.

Bonnie Tarses is a weaving master, creating magnificent cloth since 1960. She recently moved back to Montana to continue teaching and sharing her gifts with humor and spirit.
To see Bonnie’s work visit and
Bonnie’s blog (an up to minute look into Bonnie’s studio.)