Saturday, September 29, 2018


"Construction Quad"  63" X 48"  Lori LaBerge  2018

The yarn order arrived and now all that is left for "Construction Quad" is stitching the label to the back and pouring a glass of wine to relax with. While hanging the work to photograph, I looked closer at the various shapes and contemplated creating sculptural works.

Some ideas for painted textile works were printed out and the designs for underlayers of the hooked portions will be drawn out soon.

A pre-ordered copy of Ninth Street Women was received this week and given a place in the home library. The book, by Mary Gabriel, chronicles five women painters working in abstract expressionism. The author looks at Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler as they work in the male-dominated field of art. Hoping to start this one tomorrow.

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Layout of in progress work on "Construction Quad",  63" X 48"

After completing quite a few smaller works, it was time to return to "Construction Quad".  The hooking (in a 6-cut) was completed and finishing started. Yarns were chosen for the whipped edge. A dark gray will be interrupted on three sides by sections of rust, pink and light green. 

The piece has a reference to oceanside homes built as an escape, yet close to the roadways leading one to them. The shapes were derived and pieced together from viewing boats and houses on last year's vacation by the water.

The side piece brings more of the construction process to the work. While other options were designed for this purpose, some were simply too complex and distracted from the main hooked work. They could become works on their own. This is a much simpler, cleaner design. Plumb bobs hang from a painted board with the string brought through drilled holes in the board and coupling nuts resting on top of the board. The strings will be tied off. 

Plumb bobs will be allowed to sway freely. The board holding them will be hung with hardware that will show on top, adding to the construction process idea.

Saturday, September 8, 2018


"Blueprint Aqua"  6" X 12"  Lori LaBerge  2018

This work is the first of a triptych. It was brought about by water, how our interiors are an escape from the exteriors, how our homes are part of our community, and how color affects the perception of a work.

The design process is done through sketches and drawings on paper and through the use of Photoshop. As a means of recording works I take photos, print out copies of the process and place them in file folders. Included for this work are:

The sketch of the background layer of the work for hooking and blueprint for painting.

Color plan for background layer

Mock up of final look of work minus blueprint along with framing option. A photo of the actual work with framing will be taken when done.

Information on work including title, artist, size, materials, framing and design thoughts. Any future information (shows, sales, etc.)  will be added as needed.