Wednesday, August 31, 2022



Blocks of fabric representing the flag of Ukraine and spilling blood.

Beginning to place red yo-yos.

This work is a comment on the price paid for freedom.

The Ukrainian people know the price of freedom. 

Monday, March 28, 2022

Bullet Abortions: Collaborative Art Project


This is the first in a series of panels in a collaborative art piece produced with fellow artist, Trinity Butcher. I create the panel with fabric yo-yos and attach yarn for hair. Trinity is the hair stylist.  Images (L-R): Cut yarn, sewing in yarn to attached netting, beginning of attaching yarn, all yarn-hair attached and ready for Trinity’s magic. 


Each of the colorful panels represent a child that has been murdered by a bullet coming from the gun of a rioter, gangster or mentally ill person.  


Beautiful, young lives - they could have been physicians, plumbers, musicians, poets, athletes, engineers, bank tellers  - we will never know.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Hindsight 2020


Hindsight 2020. Completed: 2022

Hindsight 2020 incorporates eleven 10 x 10 inch canvas panels covered in quilted yo-yos. Each panel incorporates an object submitted by an NSU student or faculty. The object represents, for each person, the year 2020; how they coped with COVID, hurricanes, tornados, and ice storms. 2020, in hindsight, was one hell of a year. 

Note: Hindsight 2020 underwent several renditions (see previous posts) before I finally came to a decision to give each person donating items a separate panel. 


Slideshow featuring each panel:

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Hindsight 2020: Canvas Support


Measuring and cutting the canvas support for the Hindsight 2020 public work project. The finished textile piece will measure 5 feet (height) x 9 feet (wide).

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

New Public Art Project


This is the preliminary sketch for a public work project titled: Hindsight 2020. It will be a textile piece using several quilting methods, including yo-yos. I have solicited from NSU students and faculty objects that, for them, symbolize the year 2020 that will be incorporated into the piece. I have received several interesting objects.

2020 was such an unusual year for everyone - COVID, hurricanes, and storms.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Sewing Purple Hearts


Sewing purple yo-yos for a piece with the working title: Mended by Purple Hearts.

Sunday, August 16, 2020



 I think this will work better than my previous composition. 
It will be interesting to see how it develops using yo-yos.
A friend once commented that I often allow my designs to go beyond the frame.
I think, in this case, the virus is much bigger than anticipated - it really has broken all boundaries.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020



 This happens - things not working out. 
It's best to take it all apart and start over. 
Learn from the mistake and move on. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020



 This did not work out at all. 
I strayed too far from my original idea. 
I'm going to take it apart and start over. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hot Art at NSU

NSU Art Demons are turning up the heat this summer with a juried exhibition of pyrotechnical art by collegiate artists from across the United States.

The Hotter ‘N Hell National Collegiate Art Exhibition, features all art forms that use fire and heat as part of the creative process, for example: ceramics, glass-blowing, welded sculpture, poured metals, wood-burning, metalsmithing, burned textiles, fireworks, etc.

The 2020 exhibition hosted 46 works of art by 21 artists from 12 states. 

Due to COVID-19, 2020 Hotter ‘N Hell was exhibited virtually.

Link to exhibition:

If you are interested in purchasing any of the works in the exhibition contact Phyllis Lear at:

Monday, June 15, 2020


I'm sewing dark brown yo-yos with a spool of thread I found in my mother's stash. 

Hope we start making things, including thread, in the U.S.A. again. 
That would be a positive outcome from this pandemic.