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Projects > Bridle Series

Bridle III (2001) 24 1/4" x 30 3/4", Quilling (paper), grommets, (detail)




Bridle 3 (2002) 25 1/4" x 13 1/4", Quilling (paper), grommets, (detail)





Bridle 7 (2002) 25 1/4" x 13 1/4", Quilling (paper), grommets, (detail)




Bridle II (2001) 24 1/4" x 30 3/4", Quilling (paper), grommets, (detail)

Bridle II (2001) 24 1/4" x 30 3/4", Quilling (paper), grommets, suede frame

The Bridle Series was inspired by the sensuality and beauty in the designs of the tools of the Western trade -- saddles, boots, bits, and spurs – and their fanciful forms. Growing up in Montana, I was surrounded by the iconography of the American West, and specifically that of the cowboy. Images of rugged men with their code of stoic endurance, self-reliance, loyalty, courage, and camaraderie, on horseback riding across the plains, wrangling cattle and spitting chew were everywhere – from the paintings of Charles M. Russell and Frederick Remington to the landscape itself. However, what I remember being the most drawn to were the accouterments of the cowboy – the beautiful ornamentation and floral designs that adorned their trappings and presented such a delicate contrast to the rough and tough image of the wrangler.

Other Projects that I have done that relate to this work include:
you're not a wave, you're the water
Tan Series
Filly
Filly Drawings


Bridle 5 (2002) 25 1/4" x 13 1/4" Quilling (paper), grommets, suede frame