About this Gallery

The Burlap Project evolved from my continued interest in integrating texture and fabric with my mixed media techniques using acrylic paint and collage.

I wanted to narrow the focus of what I was doing to these materials in an effort to really dig deeper into one direction. Before creating any larger works I wanted to open up the as many possibilities of working with these materials as possible. I found my sketchbook the best place to start playing with the ideas of how these materials could be used in tandem.

  • I use a sketchbook and small studies to make quick experiments to explore a variety of directions
  • Materials include burlap, string, gauze, cardboard, netting, joint compound and transparent fabric
  • Early experiments led me to search for ways to integrate the fabric into the surface — to go beyond being an element that just sits on top of the surface.
  • Through this work, I discovered my love affair was with texture and not necessarily just burlap — the focus opened up to other fabrics and materials

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