Saturday, November 10, 2018


I would like to thank all of you for sticking with me as I have posted my journey through the world of art. After 8 years of posts it has come time to say goodbye to the blog.

Thank you for letting me share the process:

The inspiration:

The exploration into various media:

The love of composition:

and the finished artwork:

 "Where We Live" 2018  Lori LaBerge

I will leave on a happy note with "Construction Quad" (below) chosen by Wendy Earle, curator at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, to be shown from January through April at the Handcrafted 2019 exhibit in Rocky Mount, NC.

"Construction Quad" 2018  Lori LaBerge

I encourage others to exercise their creativity in whatever media they work in and to overall  love and enjoy all the art world has to offer. This blog will be kept online for an extended period so those who choose may use it as a reference. I will also be starting an Instagram account in the near future and will be exploring some opportunities in the art and design field that have been offered. Love to all.  

Sunday, November 4, 2018


As yet untitled design 63" X 48",  Lori LaBerge  2018

My favorite part of textile work is the design process. I love grabbing a new pencil and sketchbook or the camera and heading out into the world. There is nothing like an afternoon spent taking those sketches or photos, working through ideas and coming up with new designs. Some ideas come easily while others take time. 

Here is a bit of the process involved in the development of the work above:

While exploring the local area a few years ago we came across this structure in a low lying area near a railroad track. We walked down to take a close look at it as we had no idea what it was for. The locals say it was a drainage system for water runoff from the mountains to keep the tracks from being washed out. The windows are at varying heights (side-stepped, seen on second photo) so if one gets clogged by debris the water will go into the next one. 

The first photo was used for frontal view of tower while the side stepped windows in the second photo provided the idea of using various height buildings around it. I tend to use random colors during the design process and change them later.

A half circle was added for a focal point

The tower was changed to red to show better with the background colors

The half circle was changed to blue as the pink did not show well against the red. Lines were added bringing diagonals into the work on the top and horizontals on the bottom. The top line through the gold color was extended into the beige to break up the large block of color

Colors were changed again. The beige becomes more of a salmon color, the green yellower , and the red turned toward pink. The diagonal lines brought a roof type feel to a section of the red and that section was changed to white while the upper "window" was removed and the lower "window" extended to an elongated rectangle. A white half circle was added to balance the blue one, break up the expanse of salmon and carry the white color to the lower left of the work.

The whole work was changed to a square format

The edges will be whipped in a thin line of rust color with small sections of black, dusty rose and pink added into the edges. A section of wire fencing will be attached to two painted boards and be placed on the side of the hooked work. 

While I have my own story of finding the structure in the woods that led to the development of the work, it will be up to the viewer to create their own thoughts on the final piece.