Monday, February 7, 2011

my creative endeavors

This month the topic for the EtsyMetal blog carnival is "What other media do you work and play with? How often do you get to create? Does it relate to or inspire your metalworking?"

My graduate degree is in fibers and I still occasionally make quilts.

Art is Permanent Revolution, large wall hanging made from commercial fabrics.

Love Blues, small wall hanging made from both commercial and my hand dyed fabrics.

Queen size bed quilt made from my hand dyed cotton velveteen.

I also make pillows.

Tufted pillow with piping, made from my hand dyed fabrics.

Pillow with quilted top and prairie points, made from commercial fabrics.

And I make bags of all sorts.

(Yes, I know, Bettie's name is misspelled.)

I like to make books as gifts.

I am very heavily into mail art, Ray Johnson is sort of a personal hero of mine. I made the pieces below, and I have a huge collection of mail art by others.

Lastly, I make sculpture from paperclips, this one is unfinished:

This one is finished and is made of over 2000 paperclips:

I am very involved with metalwork right now, but I work on my other interests as time allows. I think that everything I make relates to my metalwork, I don't separate my creative endeavors as they all come from the same source (my head, eyes, and hands.)


  1. I love getting to see your fiber stuff! I knew you were a fiber artist, but I had never seen any of your work!

  2. Thanks Evelyn, most of my fiber work is conceptual in nature, this is just the stuff I make for fun.

  3. Those quilts are fabulous! And the paperclip sculptures look so soft, in a way :)

  4. wow! so much fiber! loove the paperclip pieces, so cool!

  5. Paper clip sculpture is fantastic as is the fiber work. We've been traveling down the path of purses lately. Want to collaborate on something?

  6. You're a wonder. Amazing creations.

  7. I am in awe of your quilts - finished ones! and so beautiful, I wish I could touch them. Isn't fabric one of the most tactile of mediums? Your paperclip pieces have such wonderful form and texture!

  8. Thank you all! I really enjoyed reading all of the other posts. 2Roses - yes, let's collaborate!!!

  9. busy, busy!
    The first quilt in your post is absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Your bags, fiber work and sculptures are awesome !!!

  11. Great work, Tomi! I love the quilts.

  12. Wow, I can totally relate to these paperclip sculptures. Very architectural and awesome!

  13. I adore the paperclip sculptures! You're such a talented girl. ;D