December 27, 2013

DCCA exhibition

My solo show at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts just opened on Friday. The exhibition will be on view through March 7, 2014.  

Many of the pieces are objects that people have described to me. I have been soliciting stories, drawings and descriptions of objects that people have lost and wish they still had. A submission box in the gallery will collect more stories from visitors of the DCCA during the exhibition. 

October 13, 2013

Fleisher Community Day

I talked to Fleisher students and hosted a sewing party in my installation at Fleisher Art Memorial here in Philly on Saturday. It was a great chance to meet new people and get some stories of lost objects. The show is open to the public until October 26.

October 8, 2013


I made this small gouache painting of a cityscape this past weekend. I'm hoping to screenprint and quilt a larger version in the future.

September 16, 2013

Printeresting Review

A Touch of Nostalgia, Janette Chien, Sept 9, 2013
Please check out this wonderful review of my Wind Challenge exhibition at Fleisher by Janette Chien on Printeresting.

September 15, 2013

Fleisher Wind Challenge

I am honored to have been selected for the first round of the Fleisher Wind Challenge. This installation inspired by people's stories of objects from their past is currently on view through October 15.  
Fleisher Art Memorial · 719 Catharine Street · Philadelphia PA 19147-2811 · 215.922.3456

July 30, 2013

Printing at NewCourtland

We've been printing the objects from the seniors' stories at NewCourtland. Today we printed Gladys' pearl handle pistol.

Sewing and printing at NewCourtland

We've been working away to finish stuffing and sewing pieces and to print the rest of the objects. The pineapple basket being printed above was Serena's. Her mom would crochet the baskets and use them as decoration.

July 14, 2013

New Courtland Fellowship

We've completed the first two sessions of my project with Germantown Home seniors and college students and recent grads. We are recreating objects that each person has lost and wishes they still had. In the next two sessions we will begin screen printing onto fabric and sewing the pieces into dimensional works.

Gladys' Baby Ruth

Just printed a bunch of vintage fabric Baby Ruth candy bars. Gladys from Germantown Home described stealing her Dad's Model T Ford to go to the store and buy a Baby Ruth. She was only seven years old and stacked pillows so she could reach the driving wheel.

June 10, 2013

In progress comment box

I have been working on a comment box for the Free Library with my intern Monica Morris. I am hoping people will submit their stories of objects they have lost for my installation there in 2014.

April 30, 2013

Pulse art Fair

I will be represented at the Pulse Art Fair by the West Collection from May 9 - 12. I will be installing stuffed living room furniture pieces onto a wheatpasted Tyvek wallpaper background.

April 16, 2013

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Coming Home will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts from April through August 2013. The opening reception is April 19 from 6:00 - 9:00. PM.

March 31, 2013

Lost and Found

I made this sketch for an installation I am planning for the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2014. The sixty foot piece will be made up of wheat pasted Tyvek and stuffed fabric objects based on stories from people about things have lost and wished they still had.

February 25, 2013

Printing pans

Una helped me print iron pans today. These were Yvonne's mother's pans. She remembers her mom making flapjacks in them, and wishes she still had them.

February 11, 2013

Couch in progress

Printing these couches on fabric for a new trapuntoed version.

Figure Painting

I have been working on my figure painting skills in an evening class at Fleisher with James Dupree. I've learned many helpful techniques already and have a new appreciation for the process my students are going through.