Relief work is how I started creating fine art pieces. The techniques used in these pieces blend American craft techniques like quilting and embroidery with fashion fabrics and three dimensional mounting techniques. Each of these pieces starts with a background that is constructed out of fabric and then mounted to an art board. The backgrounds use different types of fabrics that are often manipulated, painted or dyed. Once the fabric is complete it is stretched like a canvas and attached to the background. The second part of the relief work is the upper image. These are designed separately and embroidered using fashion fabrics from Chanel, Hermes, Oscar De La Renta and more. Once the embroidery for the upper image is finished the 3D mounts are created using laser cut pieces of wood. Each piece is then mounted above the background using stainless steel standoffs in varying heights. The upper image fabric pieces and then affixed to the mounts creating a breathtaking 3D work of art. The subject matter for these pieces varies from exploded butterflies to flowers to fashion icons depending on the series
The large butterfly bomb is truly an image to behold. The finished piece is 80” x 80” and is created with a mix of fashion fabrics and
Hermes silk scarves.
I started with the quilted background. There are three different types of fashion fabrics used and when the 400 different blocks are
stitched together they form a traditional Ohio Star quilt pattern.
The exploded butterfly was created using Hermes scarves with explosive color. Each element of the wing and grenade are mounted
on a 3D varying height armature. When you see this piece from an angle, you will notice that all of the elements that form the wings
are individually mounted at different heights for a truly dimensional effect.
I have created the 3D butterflies in multiple variations, sizes, and colors.