Sunday, September 22, 2013

Creative Process

I was invited to speak about my creative process at an Osher Lifelong Learning session recently, and it was a great experience, reflecting on how things have evolved for me as a studio artist.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Floral Immersion

I spend a good part of my time with my camera bent down to the ground for close-ups--rocks, feathers, moss, flowers.

Wild Rose (photo by Amy Mackinaw)

Arnica (photo by Amy Mackinaw)

Dwarf Dogwood (photo by Amy Mackinaw)

Nagoonberry (photo by Amy Mackinaw)

Fallen Fuchsia Blossoms (photo by Amy Mackinaw)

Columbine near Horsetail Falls, Keystone Canyon
(photo by Amy Mackinaw)

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Art of Camping

photo by Amy Mackinaw

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Persistent Resists

After multiple rinses and washing with Synthrapol, the flour paste and glue resists finally came out.  Lesson learned: do not wash the black dyed flour paste resists with other light colors.  Plenty of extra elbow grease was required.

photo by Amy Mackinaw

Wednesday, May 01, 2013


Here are back and front views of some recent resist dyes in progress, with both flour paste and Elmer's School blue gel glue, soon to be washed out.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Interior Artisans Exhibition

Two of my recent pieces will be on display at the Interior Artisans Exhibition throughout April.

"Ins and Outs"  8"x8"x2" Zippered Bag
Gelatin plate printing on cotton, machine quilting, beadwork
photo by Amy Mackinaw
"Lithic"  5"x12" wallhanging
Hand-dyed cotton, polyester organza, beadwork
photo by Amy Mackinaw

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


In the midst of freezing rain turned to snow and with an amaryllis blooming in the window, the mail carrier drove up with a nice fat flat-rate box from Hancock Fabrics.  Interestingly, the fabrics matched what was already going on around us.

photos by Amy Mackinaw