Tramp Art, like quilting, relies on using salvaged materials to create textures and patterns then piecing them together to make beautiful yet utilitarian
objects. While relatively unknown, Tramp Art was a wide-spread form of Folk Art that flourished in America between the 1870's – 1940's.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A glance around my studio.

Okay, well it isn't really a studio.
I just took over the dining room table and hutch!

Thought I would share some images
of both antiques pieces and my fellow artists and friends
work that inspire me every day...

It is such a gift to do something you love
and to be creative!

Being surrounded by your friends and their works of art
you so admire is also dear. 

Thank you dear friends for all of your encouragement,
love and support.
I appreciate it more then you can possibly know.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Big "C"

Most people don't like the word and some are even offended
or frightened by it but I just had a wonderful experience
with Kat Anderson, a fellow artist and friend.

We had been admiring one another artwork
and thought our work would work well together.
Kat is getting ready for a few big Halloween Shows
this fall and so we came up with these pieces.


Pictured above are some Tramp Art Coffins
designed especially for Kat.
Below, you can see a Sugar Skull base designed for her
Day of the Dead marionettes.

We also did a much larger piece that I think is really spook-tac-u-lar!
It is my version of a Victorian Horse drawn hearse.
This hearse carries a coffin and is driven by the Undertaker who
steadies his faithful Raven as the hearse gets on it's way.


I am hoping to do a few other Tramp Art pieces
for her to use with her dolls as soon as I
can get some more supplies. Then I will need to
start working on some of the 100 pieces I
have designed but not started yet!

I am also working on some Fraktur style birds, Bird trees,
frames and a piece that I designed exclusively for
Colonial Williamsburg. It is my interpretation of a mirror
the museum has within it's collection.

Hope you enjoyed my collaboration with Kat.
Be sure to visit her Facebook page
to see her other wonderful creations and say hello.

Until next time.....enjoy!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The International Folk Art Museum & The Art Tramp...No Idle Hands: The Myths and Meanings of Tramp Art

I hope that all of you who are interested in Tramp Art
will have the opportunity to visit the
International Folk Art Museum to see their exhibit, 
"No Idle Hands: The Myths and Meanings of Tramp Art"
Opening on March 12, 2017.

As you can see, they have designed an
exceptionally beautiful catalog for the exhibit.


As a new and relatively "unknown" artist
I am extremely honored to have one of my pieces
on loan to the museum for this exhibit.
It is the first major exhibit on Tramp Art since 1975
and includes works from present day artists
as well as numerous examples of the antique pieces.

Laura Addison is the curator for this exhibit
and she has been a joy to work with
and share my thoughts and vision about what 
attracted me to Tramp Art as well as
what inspires my work and love of this art form.

This is the piece I created that is included in the exhibit.


I wanted to share these installation photos. 
They were taken by a museum staff member and posted
on their Facebook page.

There is also a wonderful interview with Laura
that can be accessed through the museum's Facebook page
and much more information on the extraordinary exhibit.


Here is the link to a magazine article
that was recently published prior to the opening
that I thought you might enjoy!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Colonial Williamsburg Gets a Tramp.....The Art Tramp that is!

I have only been to Colonial Williamsburg
a couple of times but I remember
my visits with much warmth and admiration.

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
is simply astounding with the quantity
and quality of it's collection....a MUST SEE
for those who truly love Folk Art.

When I visited, it was late Fall.
The leaves had mostly turned but there was
that wonderful "crispness" in the air.

The crowds had gone and I was able
to spend time talking with the artisans in their shops.
There were no lines for anywhere and 
I could stroll the streets at ease. The aroma of
Hot Apple Cider filled the air along
with that of the spice cookies they had for sale
on a small street cart.....
it was a wonderful experience!

And now, I have had another wonderful experience
that I wanted to share with all to you.

Some of my Tramp Art will now be available
through the Art Museum Store of Colonial Williamsburg.
They currently have eight of my pieces
and I am working on a small order that should go out
next week. I am also hoping to have the
opportunity to design some Tramp Art pieces that
will be exclusive to Colonial Williamsburg
since those designs will all be my interpretation of
pieces that are in the museums collections.

I am honored to have my art available at
such a wonderful and well respected museum.
The people I have been working with are
outstanding in every way. I want to thank Susan
and Lauren for everything they have done.


I encourage everyone to visit and support
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as well as
your local or regional museums....

they are a precious gift for all of us to enjoy!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Show Time!

Well, it is that time of year again.
There is a chill in the air and soon there will be frost as well.
I love the Fall and that "crispness" in the air.
Of course, all this means that the Wilton Historical Society's

American Artisan Show

is just around the corner....November 4th - 6th.


As you can see, things are all over the place
as I am getting ready for the show.
I have so many pieces I want to make and
so little time!

Sewing pieces, Ornaments, CAWfin®, Tombstone Angel,
and a very special piece that will use an antique
Sheraton table base with the original black paint...
let's see how much I can get done.

Hope to see you all there at the show!!!


The Early American Folk Arts & Trades 

The first MARKETPLACE for this Facebook Group
will be held on Facebook this weekend, October 15 - 16.

Each artist can post one piece at a time
and add another once the first piece has sold.
I will be posting two pieces for
everyone's consideration...

"Live Free, Die Happy"

"Get Cracking"


I would like to share a couple images
of two of my most recent
Heart In Hand Thread Holder & Pin Cushions...

Hope everyone has a great week!!! 
I will be heading back to create more Tramp Art
one chip at a time!