logo_ballI am a mixed-media textile artist, a photographer who prints her photos as cyanotypes, an urban wildflower gardener and eco-dyer, and a cross-cultural advocate and mediator. I do what I do because I believe art heals. The natural world gives me hope and sharing art helps me navigate the pain and chaos  rampant in the world today. My art is my attempt to bridge the best of the past with all that is new and good in the present.

As an artist and activist, I decided to set up this space to connect with others—photographers (especially you who also make cyanotypes and/or use alternative photographic processes), rust printers, eco-dyers, gardeners, and environmentalists. All you who use art to heal and bridge cultures. And anyone who loves art and/or enjoys talking and/or writing about it. Let’s share. Learn from one another. Heal.

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Once upon a time, I rented a studio from an art mentor in an old warehouse filled with artists. It was a great space but I had a full-time day job and I never used it. By the time I got home, walked the dog, and had dinner, the last thing I wanted to do was drive 20 minutes to my studio. Yes, there were weekends, but they were filled with errands, house cleaning, and even some time with friends. So I let it go.Home Studio

Now I no longer have a day job and I can finally be a full-time artist. And, I’ve decided that a home studio is best for me. It started with a small room in the basement, but if you know Minnesota, you know it gets pretty cold and dark in the winter. One morning I woke up in my big second-floor bedroom with wonderful light and I thought, “What a wonderful studio this could be!”

That started the process of removing wallpaper, painting walls and woodwork, rearranging furniture, and building a large work table. I had to buy a few things, but all in all, it was only a matter of repurposing.

Now I have an in-house studio that I can work in any time of day or night. It’s bright with design walls and good storage. I even have a place for the doll house and furniture I’ve loved since I was 6 years old.

Downside? Maybe one. Since I’m in a neighborhood in a single family home, there is no built-in artist community. That I have to create.

Where do you work? In an artist studio? An in-home studio? At your kitchen table? What works for you?

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Nurturing Neighborhood

May 5, 2017

I live in Powderhorn, an inner city neighborhood in south Minneapolis—and in my opinion, a neighborhood like none other. Not a wealthy neighborhood but rich in spirit. Old and young, straight and gay. Activists. Artists. And diverse with families of multiple races/ethnicities welcome. Currently, there are signs on every block saying, “All are welcome here,” […]

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Cyanotypes

April 26, 2017

The sun is getting brighter every day so it’s time to put in an order to Photographers’ Formulary for ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide so this years’ cyanotype printing can begin. Since I sun print in my garden and not in a darkroom, the strength of the sun is a deciding factor for printing. […]

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