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. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Baton Rouge Gallery Opens

Phyllis Lear. Washed Away. Fabric Yo-yos. 2020.
The Baton Rouge Gallery has re-opened with a Summer Group show featuring over 20 of its artists members. 
Go by and see some great art. 
Social distancing rules are in place and masks will be required. 

Monday, May 25, 2020


After consulting with my friend Leslie, I've decided to add some dark red and brown to my Kudzu project.  I'm presently sewing the dark brown yo-yos.

I keep thinking of this alien virus (COVID-19) spreading across humanity.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Growing Layers

I continue to layer "vines".
I'll have to take out my larger table - its outgrown this one.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Kudzu is Growing

Layering the growing, organic "vines" to the piece.
I create small patches with smaller yo-yos then piece them together. 
I can "grow" the vines in different configurations before attaching them to the grid of larger yo-yos. 
It really is a layering, growth process.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Stay-At-Home Kudzu

I am using my stay-at-home time to work on my Kudzu: Alien Invasion project.

I have been thinking about this project very differently since COVID-19 began to blanket the world. Kudzu has become, for me, a metaphor for an invasion of an alien, unknown pathogen.

Something alien is among us. Something insidious and deadly. It literally smothers us. 

Scientists are working to understand it in order to find its weaknesses and attack it. Medical professionals are using every weapon at their disposal to cut it down. 

We are refusing to give it a place to take hold, we are denying it a place to live, we are staying home.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Piecing Them Together

Starting to piece Kudzu/COVID-19 Yo-Yos together. 
I'm not sure how to think about this project any longer. 
Originally this piece was about the spread of and alien species of plant and how it takes over and smothers native species. 
I've been sewing green yo-yos ever since the shutdown so now they feel related to COVID-19. 
Either way, it is about an alien invasion - right?

Friday, March 20, 2020

Virtual Tour from Woman Made Gallery

Virtual tour of Not One Woman: Just Tits and Ass.
WMG staff has made extra efforts to share the wonderful work in their current exhibition, Suffra-Jetting, juried with care by Malika Jackson and up through April 4.  

COVID-19 Yo-Yos

Putting my at-home time to good use during the COVID-19 shut-down.
Cutting out more green yo-yos for my Kudzu: Alien Invasion piece. 
I realize I need to purchase Roto-cutter. 
I'm not sure how many will be enough. 
After this batch is sewn, I think I'll start piecing them together.   

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Suffra-Jetting at Woman Made Gallery

Not One Woman: Just Tits and Ass. 2019
I'm thrilled that this piece has been accepted to show at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. The title of the exhibition is Suffra-Jetting

The book used to create this piece is my undergraduate art history textbook that covered two semesters of art history courses. There is not one woman artist in the entire wrinkled old tome. 
There are numerous female nudes - lots of tits and ass. 

Friday, January 31, 2020


Busy sewing yo-yos in as many shades and tints of green as I can find. 
This is the beginning of a piece I have been thinking about and planning for several years. 
It's working title is, Kudzu: Alien Invasion.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Washed Away

It's done! I am really pleased with this piece.
For more information on coastal erosion go to:
This is a major issue in south Louisiana, my home.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Nearly Complete

 This piece is nearly finished. 
The subject is the disappearing Louisiana coast.
  • The Terrebonne Basin has experienced the greatest decrease in wetland area in the State of Louisiana with approximately 502 square miles (1,302 km2) or 321,730 acres of net loss since 1932.
  • The Barataria Basin has experienced the second greatest land loss of the nine coastal Louisiana basins, with a net loss of approximately 432 square miles (1,121 km2) or 277,000 acres of wetlands since 1932. 
  • For more information on coastal erosion go to:
This is a major issue in south Louisiana, my home.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Made With Love

Made With Love. Fabric yo-yos, handcarved rolling pin. 2019
I inherited my Aunt Stella Lear-Lasangue's rolling pin. The pin is hand carved from one, solid piece of wood. I remember going to Aunt Stella's and Uncle Clarence's home in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. They lived right on the Mississippi River. We wore our Sunday-best to visit with them. We would go to Sunday mass then have lunch. After lunch we would climb the river's levee to see the Mississippi. 
Good food, good times.