Quite simply, I like to make stuff.
Stuff that makes people feel a sense of calm.
Stuff they can buy or look at or think about or enjoy.
And to create this stuff, I work intuitively, inspired by the natural world around me with all of its crazy patterns, circles, pod shapes and patterns-on-patterns. Mother Nature is the ultimate artist. I like to create all kinds of things in all kinds of media. I can manipulate textures. I’m very tactile. I like things that have a nice weight to them. I like my fabric pieces to be irresistible to the touch. My art strengths would be drawing, working backwards to figure out how to make something and, most of all, color.
I love color. I can make an environment sing with color. I can imagine colors in my head and transform a space. I see color before I start any piece of art or project. Color is the thing that makes me get off my chair and get at it.
A long time ago, I worked with collage, cutting images out of magazines and making small compositions. They felt to me at the time like a pianist practicing scales. I made them every day and they taught me a lot about color, mostly about what happens when one color is placed next to another.
Many people are afraid of color. You’d be surprised how many, but I am not. An interesting observation about color is that people always have their own palette, whether they know it or not. For me, color needs to be mixed and manipulated and juxtaposed. I tend to like blue, just about any shade, except for a shade or two that never should have been invented. I like green and green with blue together, all kinds of greens and blues.
I like reds and oranges and yellows that favor the red part of the spectrum. I love a cool red with blue in it, but nothing beats a hot, fiery red.
Most of the oranges I like have red in them. Dark oranges bordering on brown can make colors next to them spring to life. I don’t like orange that is pure like a Syracuse orange. I don’t know why, I just don’t.
People tend to be afraid of making a mistake with color, but there are no wrong answers. You just have to see what happens when it is next to another color, and make an informed decision based on what you see or like or feel.
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
New Book/ New Life, “a journal of a wife”, Sol Mednick Gallery of Contemporary Photography, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Teresa Shields: Handmade Miniature Books, Dubois Gallery, Maginnes Hall, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
The Power in my Voice, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
2016 – 2017
9th Annual Art About Agriculture, Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula, CA
SQUARES, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Abundance, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Flowers and Gardens, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC
5x5x5, Jacksonville State University Mini-Works, Jacksonville, AL
Immersed, Grey Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Simplicity, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
29th Women’s Work Show, Woodstock, IL
NEW BEGINNINGS, Impasto Gallery, Longmont, CO
Members Group Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Handmade Holidays, Somethings Looming Gallery, Reading, PA
MICROCOSMOS, 621 Gallery, Benicia, CA
TRANSFORMATION, The Art of Recycling, Arts Council/Cumberland County, Fayetteville, NC
Entangled, Some Things Looming Gallery, Reading, PA
Telling Stories, GoggleWorks, Reading, PA
Unrestrained, Some Things Looming Gallery, Reading, PA
ReCollection, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA
Annual Juried Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
The Road to Here, B-Square Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
ReSourced, Art Fusion, Gallery, Pottstown, PA
MamaCITA Retrospective, Pennsylvania Capital Building, Harrisburg, PA
Represent, with movie screening “MissRepresentation”, Hiway Theatre & Langman Gallery space, Jenkintown, PA
Begin: Hope, Faith, Resilience, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
(W)holon, Traveling Exhibition, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA; Walker Fine Arts Center Gallery, Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, VA
MamaCITA at Green Lane Commons, Manayunk, PA
MamaCITA at the Fetters Mill Inn, Huntington Valley, PA
2008 – 2009
MamaCITA at MCGOPA, Inquirer Building, King of Prussia, PA
Awards and Honors
First Place, Abundance, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Third Place Award, Flowers and Gardens Juried Show, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Best of Show, 5x5x5 Show, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL
Honorable Mention, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Jurors Award, Galeria Mesa, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
Purchase Award, South West Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
1997, 1986, 1983, 1981, 1980
Central PA Festival of the Arts, Outdoor Banner Exhibit, State College, PA
Ellis Award, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2016 – Present
Resident artist of the Fiber Studio at the Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
1995 – present
Artist/Owner, Magenta Cat Productions, created one of a kind knitted, felted, appliquéd and hand sewn purses; sold locally through craft shows.
Self published coaster sets ‘Box of BEES’, ‘Happy Girl Lucky’, ‘I’nnies and Outies’, ‘Verve’, ‘Hearts a Flutter’ & ‘Wing and a Pear’. Sold in contemporary craft galleries and local craft sales and shows.
1998 – 2005
Self published card sets ‘MOM in a Box’, ‘Primer for a New Mom’, ‘Primer for a New Artist’, ‘Mom in the House’, ‘Finding Mr Right’. Sold in over 100 contemporary craft galleries throughout the US & Canada. Anthropologie stores sold over 10,000 copies of ‘MOM in a BOX’.
1995 – 1997
Created, produced and sold handmade blank journals
2008 – present
MARTIAL ARTS – Certified Kettle Bell Instructor, certified Girls on Guard Women’s Self Defense Instructor, local classes & seminars in the Philadelphia Area
Redd, Adrienne Fallen Walls & Fallen Towers- The Fate of the Nation in a Global World, Nimble Books, LLC, Ann Arbor, MI
Reed College, Portland, OR
Mass College of Art, Boston, MA
Rockefeller Library, Brown University, Providence, RI
Sacred Heart Gallery, Sacred Heart College, Hartford, CT
Stephan Kogler, Dewey Beach, DE
Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Children’s Own School, Winchester, MA
Central PA Festival of the Arts, State College, PA
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