There will be lots of artwork this year in response to the horrible fires and mudslides that we experienced throughout the state of California. This is my contribution. I ice dyed the ground fabric then made the streamers which are the debris pushed about by the winds which drove the fires. There's also underlying hand stitching to give greater depth and movement to the imagery. I had family members who evacuated twice but, in the end, were safe. Their community of Santa Rosa will not fully recover for years to come.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Monday, January 8, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Monday, December 25, 2017
This is the second art quilt created from a photo I took at Alcatraz. Cracked and rusty drips on walls. It is printed on canvas which I heavily embroidered - tough on the fingers - and appliqued with hand dyed threads and ripped fabric strips. It is part of the Incarceration series.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
RF I is an art quilt, and RF II is an installation and collaboration with my long time woodworker friend Steve Mandell. The pair reference the global refugee crisis, and how lost people are when forced from their homes. These are tattered figures adrift in a landscape of the unknown: displaced, faceless to most, unsafe and without a place to rest and rejoin a community. Human identity is deeply tied to place and without its anchor we are untethered.
Because the figures appear to be floating across the terrain we cannot know where they’ve come from, from what tribe, family, not even their age or gender. We don’t know their aspirations, their strengths, what contributions they may make to the place where they land.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017
We celebrated the removal of The Tapestry from the loom with a small party and lots of bubbly. Jessica Brunnenmeyer, my assistant since 2009, and I have spent 6 years on this baby. There is still lots more to do for the finishing, but here's the fun of cutting it off the loom and a hint of what it will look like when complete next spring:
Sunday, August 27, 2017
This quilt is touring with the Quilts on the Wall show Drips and Splatters through 2018. I made the very large piece of needle lace and ice dyed the underlying fabric. Took a bit of engineering but this is my Year of Needle Lace so I've been mastering the process.