Sewing Patterns & (Mostly) Mixed Media Drawings

I’m using sewing patterns, exclusively, for layering and collage and tearing them for re-assembly in unexpected ways as a metaphor for my own adoption and a lifetime spent seeking balance. Between nature and nurture; impulse and control; and the recognition that oftentimes things don’t work out as planned. Patterns are broken. Original intentions marred. Beauty and meaning emerge from mayhem. Expectations are adjusted as layers of weathering become visible to the discerning eye. I also love the color of the pattern paper; it reminds me of flesh and the patina of Old Master drawings on linen and parchment.

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