Maggie & Freeman Jones / Turtle Island PotteryThe Materials are what attract and inspire me. I envision lava flowing, crystals growing and flowers blooming. Earth, air, fire...
Karen James Swing
The common "thread" in this body of work is the use of a sewing machine, pushing it beyond the normal expectations of its function. By dropping the feed dogs, which control the stitches and feed the fabric through the machine, I am able to draw with the needle and thread.
With the thread, I am able to "paint", blending dozens of colors of thread together to create the rich depth of a painting. I have taken these techniques a step or two further with a collage of hand-dyed and painted fabrics and found objects. Several books and publications feature my work. I may be contacted through SHCG.