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, February 8, 2018

Just in time for your Valentine...

I have been busy but wanted to offer you
these pieces for Valentine's Day.

The first piece being offered is a
Clip-On Dove.
It is made from several layers of wood
that have all been cut and carved by hand.
A vintage ornament clip has been used
for the legs. Signed and dated.

Kindly asking $65.00 plus shipping


The second piece is
"Love is in the Air"

A pair of Mourning Doves
perched on a swing. They are made from several
layers of wood that have all been cut
and carved by hand. The swing is made from
a twig and some wire with a vintage
ornament hook to use for hanging. Notice the
heart shape within the wire of the swing.

Kindly asking $150.00 plus shipping


The third piece is
"The Perfect Pair"

A pair of White Doves are perched on
an antique finial. The finial has it's
original painted surface and I added the
Tramp Art base to this piece.

Kindly asking $175.00 plus shipping


If you have any questions or are interested in any of these pieces
please send me an email and I will respond as quickly as possible.

I also made a Heart In Hand with a spinning Heart
and a cherub/cupid that have sold.
If you would like to order one of these I will
gladly make them for you!


Thank you for visiting my blog.
I appreciate your interest in my work and
look forward to hearing from you.

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.

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!

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.