Wall Hangings + Mirrors

South Belfast fabric quilt

I made this blanket with scraps of fabric, of a crazy night in South Belfast, the area around Queen’s University, with all the students out when the pubs close.

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South Belfast fabric quilt

I made this blanket with scraps of fabric, of a crazy night in South Belfast, the area around Queen’s University, with all the students out when the pubs close.

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Tree Painted Pillowcases

I painted these pillowcases that Alice sent, using tee-juice markers that have a blending-paint quality.

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Tree Painted Pillowcases

I painted these pillowcases that Alice sent, using tee-juice markers that have a blending-paint quality.

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Cem Karaca Print on Canvas

A blue screenprint, fixed onto a nice thick square of oatmeal canvas, of Turkish Anatolian rocker Cem Karaca.  One of the last remaining from my mass screenprinting from a while back.

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Cem Karaca Print on Canvas

A blue screenprint, fixed onto a nice thick square of oatmeal canvas, of Turkish Anatolian rocker Cem Karaca.  One of the last remaining from my mass screenprinting from a while back.

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Portrait Mirrors: Wild Women, Monsters, Puppies and Cats

There are big haired brunettes, puppies, dinosaur-dogs, and then there are monsters.  It’s a whole new crop of portrait mirrors, all completed and ready to go out in the world — and on sale up at Etsy right now!

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Portrait Mirrors: Wild Women, Monsters, Puppies and Cats

There are big haired brunettes, puppies, dinosaur-dogs, and then there are monsters.  It’s a whole new crop of portrait mirrors, all completed and ready to go out in the world — and on sale up at Etsy right now!

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Portrait Mirrors: Girls with Wild Hair

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Portrait Mirrors: Girls with Wild Hair

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Lucy’s Egyptian Applique Collection

Lucy brought out her collection of pillows, wall hangings and fabrics from Egypt.  There’s whirling dervishes (which is a nice clean image good for later print design), the name Lucy, and all kinds of renderings of the Koran opening.  I

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Lucy’s Egyptian Applique Collection

Lucy brought out her collection of pillows, wall hangings and fabrics from Egypt.  There’s whirling dervishes (which is a nice clean image good for later print design), the name Lucy, and all kinds of renderings of the Koran opening.  I

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The Beechview Project : Window 2

Thanks to Diana Nelson-Jones for not one but two pieces on The Beechview Project!  We spoke on Tuesday morning, and she blogged about our conversation that afternoon for her City Walkabout.  This morning her formal article ran in the Post-Gazette. 

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The Beechview Project : Window 2

Thanks to Diana Nelson-Jones for not one but two pieces on The Beechview Project!  We spoke on Tuesday morning, and she blogged about our conversation that afternoon for her City Walkabout.  This morning her formal article ran in the Post-Gazette. 

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The Beechview Project: Six New Talking Heads

For the second of 1619 Broadway’s window: six more talking heads with their thoughts on Beechview.  I’m having too much fun with the colors — the man in line behind me at the CVS photo booth said they were gorgeous,

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The Beechview Project: Six New Talking Heads

For the second of 1619 Broadway’s window: six more talking heads with their thoughts on Beechview.  I’m having too much fun with the colors — the man in line behind me at the CVS photo booth said they were gorgeous,

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The Beechview Project: Up & Atem on Broadway Avenue

So Pittsburgh is hot, sticky hot.  1619 Broadway Avenue is hotter, though.  And what does that mean?  One thing: duct tape war!  I decided it was the easiest way to hang my talking heads in Beechview.  I tried a few

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The Beechview Project: Up & Atem on Broadway Avenue

So Pittsburgh is hot, sticky hot.  1619 Broadway Avenue is hotter, though.  And what does that mean?  One thing: duct tape war!  I decided it was the easiest way to hang my talking heads in Beechview.  I tried a few

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The Beechview Project: The Talking Heads

Onto the next stage of The Beechview Project!  Thanks to lots of responses to my calls for thoughts on Beechview, I’ve prepared the first crop of 9 talking heads, for display in 1619 Broadway.  They’ll go up tomorrow. I have

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The Beechview Project: The Talking Heads

Onto the next stage of The Beechview Project!  Thanks to lots of responses to my calls for thoughts on Beechview, I’ve prepared the first crop of 9 talking heads, for display in 1619 Broadway.  They’ll go up tomorrow. I have

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Sweet Bee Portrait Mirror

Blues, golds and blacks — a fabric bee mirror!  Another LP-based craft, this time with a powder blue (exblanket) winged bumblebee as the mirror’s persona.  I started them a *long* while back, but it’s time to tie up loose ends,

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Sweet Bee Portrait Mirror

Blues, golds and blacks — a fabric bee mirror!  Another LP-based craft, this time with a powder blue (exblanket) winged bumblebee as the mirror’s persona.  I started them a *long* while back, but it’s time to tie up loose ends,

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Pittsburgh Strange Art: Star Trek Quilts

We stopped in Wildcard in Lawrenceville what now is a long time ago, and I found these Star Trek quilt-wall hangings at the back of the store.  So Excellent!  All by Elliot McNally.

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Pittsburgh Strange Art: Star Trek Quilts

We stopped in Wildcard in Lawrenceville what now is a long time ago, and I found these Star Trek quilt-wall hangings at the back of the store.  So Excellent!  All by Elliot McNally.

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The Orange Satin Elephant Mirror

Another Elephant Wall Mirror – this time in orange satin, with lots of scraps deployed for elephantine purposes.  On sale at my Etsy site now!

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The Orange Satin Elephant Mirror

Another Elephant Wall Mirror – this time in orange satin, with lots of scraps deployed for elephantine purposes.  On sale at my Etsy site now!

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The Monster Mouth

I sewed this monster mouth hanging to take pictures for Homestead’s Eighth Avenue, a big felt monster with lots of different faces in its mouth….

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The Monster Mouth

I sewed this monster mouth hanging to take pictures for Homestead’s Eighth Avenue, a big felt monster with lots of different faces in its mouth….

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Batik Portrait – Three Men in Greece

I made this wall hanging back in high school, at least I made it to the point of drawing, waxing and dying.  I resurrected it last week, took all the wax out of it, and found out what I had. 

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Batik Portrait – Three Men in Greece

I made this wall hanging back in high school, at least I made it to the point of drawing, waxing and dying.  I resurrected it last week, took all the wax out of it, and found out what I had. 

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Art of Recycling in Kenya

I found the Italian book by Annelise Della Rosa at the library, full of great & strange projects coming out of social-public-artworks in Kenya.  Flipflops, who knew?

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Art of Recycling in Kenya

I found the Italian book by Annelise Della Rosa at the library, full of great & strange projects coming out of social-public-artworks in Kenya.  Flipflops, who knew?

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Pittsburgh Art: Nailed & Riveted by Robert Villamanga

In the BNY/Mellon Building, on the walkway out of the Steel City train station, giant metal birds, babies, Mexican wrestlers!  And a grasshopper — All courtesy of Robert Villamanga.  More information at the Society for Contemporary Craft

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Pittsburgh Art: Nailed & Riveted by Robert Villamanga

In the BNY/Mellon Building, on the walkway out of the Steel City train station, giant metal birds, babies, Mexican wrestlers!  And a grasshopper — All courtesy of Robert Villamanga.  More information at the Society for Contemporary Craft

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The Happy Birthday Ksenia Collage Project

The annual Ksenia Birthday Challenge this year was met (almost on time too!) with this really quite terrific Happy Birthday Ksenia Collage!  Working off my Christmas framed photo collage brainstorm, this time I went Mechanical Turking, gathering lots of imaged

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The Happy Birthday Ksenia Collage Project

The annual Ksenia Birthday Challenge this year was met (almost on time too!) with this really quite terrific Happy Birthday Ksenia Collage!  Working off my Christmas framed photo collage brainstorm, this time I went Mechanical Turking, gathering lots of imaged

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Fabric Portrait Faces

Bears, Bees, Cats, Monsters, Aliens!  (before they are cut up into mirror fronts….)

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Fabric Portrait Faces

Bears, Bees, Cats, Monsters, Aliens!  (before they are cut up into mirror fronts….)

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Monster + Bumblebee Mirrors

In preparation for the I Made It Market last weekend, I went into a mirror frenzy.  Monsters, Bumblebees, Cats, Dogs, Robot Aliens!  The show was buried under Pittsburgh snow, a no-go, but now I have a little more time to

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Monster + Bumblebee Mirrors

In preparation for the I Made It Market last weekend, I went into a mirror frenzy.  Monsters, Bumblebees, Cats, Dogs, Robot Aliens!  The show was buried under Pittsburgh snow, a no-go, but now I have a little more time to

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Puerto Rico, Things I Love pt. 3

On Three Kings Day, we visited The Poets Passage on Calle Cruz.  So terrific!  I was transfixed by the bouncing heads of wooden turtles — I bought a family of three to import/deport to Pittsburgh — and Ksenia went for

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Puerto Rico, Things I Love pt. 3

On Three Kings Day, we visited The Poets Passage on Calle Cruz.  So terrific!  I was transfixed by the bouncing heads of wooden turtles — I bought a family of three to import/deport to Pittsburgh — and Ksenia went for

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The Flower Ball, or The Kusudama

Eleven years ago, in Chicago, I discovered modular origami.  I made fourteen pointed stars, swan wreaths, loopy concoctions, and this — my favorite –The Flower Ball, or Kusudama: Ball Origami, from Japanese).  Here was my first one, crafted in room

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The Flower Ball, or The Kusudama

Eleven years ago, in Chicago, I discovered modular origami.  I made fourteen pointed stars, swan wreaths, loopy concoctions, and this — my favorite –The Flower Ball, or Kusudama: Ball Origami, from Japanese).  Here was my first one, crafted in room

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The Elephant Circle Mirrors

I just completed four new Elephant Circle Mirrors, out of fabric scraps, ex-blankets, and old LP record albums.  One Blue Satin, one Orange Satin, a Purple Denim one, and a Pink Woven one. They’re all for sale now over at

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The Elephant Circle Mirrors

I just completed four new Elephant Circle Mirrors, out of fabric scraps, ex-blankets, and old LP record albums.  One Blue Satin, one Orange Satin, a Purple Denim one, and a Pink Woven one. They’re all for sale now over at

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How To Make a Framed Photo Collage

For my brother’s Christmas present, I made this framed square photo collage.  It only cost 15 dollars, but working out the planning and the photographs took me a few days.  So having learned from my mis-starts and experimenting, I’ve written

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How To Make a Framed Photo Collage

For my brother’s Christmas present, I made this framed square photo collage.  It only cost 15 dollars, but working out the planning and the photographs took me a few days.  So having learned from my mis-starts and experimenting, I’ve written

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The Elephant Mirror

This is the third Elephant Circle Mirror I’ve made — the other two have sold out over the last two craft sales.  People love elephants, I love elephants, and here there are 6 elephants worth of good luck upturned trunks! 

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The Elephant Mirror

This is the third Elephant Circle Mirror I’ve made — the other two have sold out over the last two craft sales.  People love elephants, I love elephants, and here there are 6 elephants worth of good luck upturned trunks! 

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The Gorbenko Family Faces

A tribute to my favorite Russians in the whole world!  I have been promising them to Ksenia for half a year, and I am finally forcing myself to do something with them. What are they?  Technically, cardboard cut, painted, and

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The Gorbenko Family Faces

A tribute to my favorite Russians in the whole world!  I have been promising them to Ksenia for half a year, and I am finally forcing myself to do something with them. What are they?  Technically, cardboard cut, painted, and

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Monster/Cat Portrait Mirror

Thanks to God’s Helping Hand’s bounty of weird fabric remnants, I made off with two luxurious swatches of white furry fabric. So finally I found a good use for it: A Monster Mirror! Also known as a Cat Mirror, as

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Monster/Cat Portrait Mirror

Thanks to God’s Helping Hand’s bounty of weird fabric remnants, I made off with two luxurious swatches of white furry fabric. So finally I found a good use for it: A Monster Mirror! Also known as a Cat Mirror, as

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Fabric Portrait Mirror

I’m working on a bunch of fabric portraits with mirrors for faces. I’m attaching the mirror to an old LP, then sewing on the portrait surroundings on two layers of fabric — one old blanket from God’s Helping Hand and

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Fabric Portrait Mirror

I’m working on a bunch of fabric portraits with mirrors for faces. I’m attaching the mirror to an old LP, then sewing on the portrait surroundings on two layers of fabric — one old blanket from God’s Helping Hand and

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LP Vinyl Earring Stand

There are three cupboards worth of vinyl LPs (and curiously only one 45 rpm, The Beatles, side a Let It Be, side B, You Know My Name (Look Up My Number)). I am going to mobilize them somehow. The first

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LP Vinyl Earring Stand

There are three cupboards worth of vinyl LPs (and curiously only one 45 rpm, The Beatles, side a Let It Be, side B, You Know My Name (Look Up My Number)). I am going to mobilize them somehow. The first

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To Do: Collage Board

I want to make some of these, but I’m not sure which pattern to go with: there’s this one from Totally Her, or this one on Sew Mama Sew, or from FreshVintage, or of course Apartment Therapy Chicago.  

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To Do: Collage Board

I want to make some of these, but I’m not sure which pattern to go with: there’s this one from Totally Her, or this one on Sew Mama Sew, or from FreshVintage, or of course Apartment Therapy Chicago.  

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