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.


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!

Monday, May 2, 2016

A tree grows in Brighton.....that's right, NOT Brooklyn.

I love folk art and have collected
both antique pieces and various artists work
over the years. In my efforts to design
and create new and interesting pieces of Tramp Art
that are unique and original I am working
on a Bird Tree.

This particular Bird Tree is an anniversary present
for my husband. Once the tree has a
proper base or vintage box to attach itself to
I will be making new and different
Tramp Art clip-on birds to attache to the tree
for special occasions or just because.

The first bird is a Raven.
He holds two vintage German acorns in his beak.
They symbolize us as a couple and
that we will keep growing older, wiser and stronger
as the years go by.


It is a gray and rainy day today!
As I walked through the garden the other morning
I took a few photos of nature that
caught my eye and thought I would share them
with you...


At the moment, I am working on
weaving some miniature and full size Shaker Baskets.
Many, many years ago I took a class
from Martha Wetherbee. She is the foremost
authority on Shaker baskets and through
her studies and hard work she revived the art of
the Shaker Basket!

Here are some of the baskets I have made
along with a few of Martha's. I also make and collect
1 inch scale miniatures so I made the miniature
Shaker Alphabet Board based on a piece that had been
in the "Shaker Design" exhibit many years ago.

Lol, you may notice I like Ravens and Crows...

I will also be attempting to make a
1 inch scale violin case based on this exception
antique piece I saw from an antique shop.

I will be tweeting the case a bit but this was my first prototype.
As with my Tramp Art, I don't employ the use
of any power tools so this is all being done by hand
with an x-acto knife. I will be making a handful
of these cases and will be painting them to match the original.
A good friend and miniature artist has been most
generous and is sending me the hinges for at least on case.

Wish me luck!


I hope you enjoyed this post. As always, I invite you to
take a look through my website and my Etsy Shop.
Feel free to spread the word about my work.
I thank you for your time, your friendship and your support.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring is in the air.....after a few snow storms

It has been a while but all is well.
I have been finishing up a few pieces and
took the time to make a piece I have
been wanting to do for a couple years now.

is a piece that I will be keeping. It is one of my
German style Tramp Art automobiles with
the addition of some hand painted farm stand signs
to hang off the sides.

I have asked a small group of my artist friends to make 
a German style veggie person to ride in the
passenger area and then another artist friend volunteered
to make the driver for this piece.


A walk around the garden has revealed
the beginnings of some pears,
peaches, cherries and some flowers.


Of course, Mr. Rabbit has started tending his garden...


As some of you may know,
I have designed a collection of paper patterns
for hooked rugs, punch needle, 
wool appliqué and will be having some charted
for cross stitch as well.

All these designs are taken from my 
originalTramp Art designs. 
I am calling these patterns the "HOOKER collection!

They are all available in my Etsy Shop.
Please take a moment to visit the shop and 
I hope you enjoy these designs.

One of my friends (Renee Bowen) took one of my designs and
made it in to a 1/12 scale miniature "hooked rug"
using nothing but french knots.

and another friend (Colleen McDonald) took 
one of my patterns and converted it to 
a wool appliqué pattern that can be used to make 
a wonderful pouch to hold your tablet 
or a needlework project you are working on.


I have been gathering up some small 
vintage/antique pièces to pair up with some new
Tramp Art designs I am working on.
I have over 50 new pieces designed so far.
Now all I need are the funds for the supplies. 
I trust this will happen as I know
that I have found my true calling creating each of
the pieces as The Art Tramp!


I am also working on weaving some
full size and miniature Shaker baskets. This is something
I decided to do again. It has been many years
but I think they will be a nice addition to some of my
Tramp Art pieces. I also have a few friends 
who will be getting some of them in trade for pieces
I love of their work. And, if I make enough, 
they will also be sold at a miniature show at the end 
of the summer! Just trying to stay 
busy and creative at the same time!!!!

I am hoping to attend two shows this year.
I will be returning to the Wilton Historical Society's 
American Artisan Show on November 4, 5 & 6.
And, I am waiting to hear if I have gotten
in to another amazing show that is held in Pennsylvania
around the middle of September. I will keep you posted
on these here and through Facebook.


I hope your Spring is off to a good start!