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yvette kaiser smith: crocheted fiberglass

Yvette Kaiser Smith creates fiberglass cloth by crocheting fiberglass roving that she pulls from an industrial roll. The cloth is crocheted into flat geometric shapes and hardened by applying polyester resin. Kaiser Smith uses mathematics in all of her work and identifies the work as a ‘visual articulation of mathematics.’

Etude from pi . . . 51413
crocheted fiberglass with polyester resin

A direct articulation of 5 digits from within the number pi. Panels appear the same but vary in spatial depth. Value 1 is flattest to the wall and value 5 pushes away from the wall the farthest. In side view, panels appear in a nesting pattern.

Charting e 98
crocheted fiberglass with polyester resin
Charting e 98 utilizes a traditional crochet format based on patterns created on a grid, where squares are either filled or left open. Using this charting system, Charting e 98articulates the first 98 digits of the infinite number e.



 Pi Strands
crocheted fiberglass with polyester resin

Pi Strands is a direct articulation of the first 52 digits of the number pi. Each tube is 5” in diameter and 7” deep. Each number value was assigned its own color. Colors were inspired by bacteria. The individual units within each vertical strand are connected to create a solid unit. There are 7 vertical strands.

From e . . .71456, Panel 6 
crocheted fiberglass with polyester resin


Pi in Pascal’s Triangle Round 3
crocheted fiberglass with polyester resin

The form of each triangle is based on the first four rows of Pascal’s Triangle. The five colors used are distributed using the first 30 digits of pi.

Yvette Kaiser Smith with some of her work


“To create a new work, I create a system. I chose a number sequence from the numbers pi or e, or a section from Pascal’s Triangle; define a specific method for articulating the digits; define colors and a sequence for the colors; and follow the plan to create the work.”


See some of Kaiser Smith’s process here.
Video interview here.


susan beallor-snyder’s rope sculpture

Beginning her artistic journey with a focus on black and white street photography, Susan Beallor-Snyder spent many years exploring different mediums and enjoyed a successful career as a classical goldsmith.


Going In Circles

Focused exploration led to the Atlanta-based artist’s most recent body of work, large-scale sculptures made from natural manilla rope.


Inner Struggle


All Tied Up In Knots


Women’s Work

Beallor-Snyder uses a ‘free weaving’ technique to create sculptures that reflect the path of countless women as they struggle to hold on to their identity while balancing work, motherhood and marriage.


Susan Beallor-Snyder 

I think the power of this work is in its scale. I can almost hear the narrative in each piece as my eye travels the length of the sculpture, following the swirls of chaos, layers of inner turmoil, endless knots of stress.

Perhaps mothers and wives who share the daily juggling act of family life understand best that the swirling masses of knotted chaos possess a beauty and order that only they can bring to it and nurture. At the same time, Baellor-Snyder’s sculptures remind us that to see and appreciate the beauty we are creating we need to honor our own true selves as we guide our families on this journey.

Susan Beallor-Snyder’s website


virginija giniotyte’s leather and wood sculptures

Virginija Giniotyte mixes vegetable tanned leather with papier-mache, batik, enamel, wood and plastic. Each sculpture hides a secret inside one of the drawers.









I couldn’t find much information about the Lithuanian artist or about her process but the work – leather over wood – is certainly intriguing.

Virginja Giniotyte’s website



WordPress Basics eCourse - Registration Open

Next month I am teaching another group of artists to create a WordPress website to showcase their work.



Kate Church, Sculptural Puppetry


“I did it - created my new website and loved the teaching, the hard work and the results.  I am INDEPENDENT to do my own designing and creating now and I am happy to let everyone know about this great class!” Kate Church

Are you ready? Save $50 when you register by Wednesday January 15th

Read more about the online class here. Need more than a class? I also work with students one-on-one.
See you in class!

sivan royz: blooming structures & happy new year!

For her graduation project in 2011 textile designer Sivan Royz created a technique using laser-cut layers of richly colored silk that allows her jewelry to move and change when touched, much like a living organism. I love the concept.


Blooming Structures Brooch, laser-cut silk, string 


 Blooming Structures Neckpiece, laser-cut silk, string


 detail, laser cut silk

Royz also designed a collection of purses using the same technique.


 Blooming Structures Purse, closed


 Blooming Structures Purse, open
Just enough room for the essentials – an iPhone and lipstick!

Inspired by nature, she calls this body of work Blooming Structures, explaining: “By layering masses of laser-cut silk pieces, I attempted to capture the beauty of nature, into purses with custom tailored cavities for holding the objects within them.”



Blooming Structures Purse, closed, laser cut silk, string


 The construction

After layering hundreds of cut silk pieces, she brings them together with string to form the final design. Fascinating. Sivan Royz is one to watch.



Sivan Royz’ website

via dezeen.com

 Happy New Year!

I hope you too move and change when touched and that as the year unfolds you wrap yourself in beautiful colors, textures, shapes and experiences. Here’s to a lush 2014!

With deep gratitude for your continued support of DAM -

Susan (aka daMuse)


salley mavor’s fabric reliefs

I like Salley Mavor’s description of her stitched artworks – she calls them Fabric Reliefs. Mavor is best known for the 50 fabric reliefs she created to illustrate the book Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes.


A fabric relief illustration from Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

A more recent relief, Birds of Beebe Woods, was made for a fiber art exhibit celebrating the forest in her home town of Falmouth, Massachusetts.


 Birds of Beebe Woods


  Birds of Beebe Woods installed

The intricate details are created using needle, thread and her hands. . .no sewing machine. Lovely.


Salley Mavor at work

“I sew different materials together to create fanciful scenes in relief, much like miniature, shallow stage sets, with figures imposed on embellished fabric backgrounds. My work is decorative and detailed, full of patterns from nature and  found objects, all  sewn together by hand with a needle and thread.” Salley Mavor

Watch this video for a glimpse of the artist at work.

Salley Mavor’s website

Read about her process here

Read an interview with the artist on feelingstitchy.com

Her interview on sevenimpossiblethings.com includes many more images of earlier fabric relief illustrations

M is for Mom

I’m still in my hometown helping my mother as she navigates the new territory that comes with a major health crisis. She’s a trooper and is taking it one day at a time. She still reads the blog regularly – the other day she asked when she was going to see a new post on DAM. Sometimes it takes your mother to light a fire under you to get the job done!

I believe in the power of collective positive energy and prayer. May I ask you, my wonderful readers, to send some love her way?

Posts on DAM continue to be occasional while I am here. My monthly newsletter, MAM, is on schedule and will be delivered to subscribers next week. In addition to new artists and resources, the January issue includes two tutorials – one is a trend taking the Internet by storm, the other just a DAM(n) cool thing to do with an otherwise uncool material. My head is spinning with ideas for future issues so stay tuned!

Also in the works is an update on 2014 classes for you. . .more about that in another post.

I continue to be deeply appreciative for your support and patience and for any surge of positive energy moving in my mother’s direction. . .

Many, many thanks  - it’s been quite a year, eh?

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