Determine what you want to do
Do the work
Triumphantly celebrate the completion of the project
Sometimes deciding what I want to tackle is the hardest part of the whole process.
I divided my talk into five categories, because I discovered that I return again and again to many subjects.
1. Nature and Science. My mother was a science teacher and she had a profound influnce on what I became interested in too. The first quilt that I am showing is Totem Poll and I did it for my father as he did a lot of wok with the Native Americans in Alaska when I was growing up. This quilt show all four of the earth elements that they believe in. Air is represented by the Eagle at the top. The Wolf represents the land. The tribe celebrates two types of water-salt and fresh- thus the whale for salt water and the frog for fresh water. I did showed several other quilts that showed my use of animals as subjects for my work.
2 Water : The next displayed work was Ice. I seem to go back to this subject repeatedly and perhaps that is because of living here where ice and snow are so much a part of our lives- I don’t know, Spring Thaw was the next work on the wall. This work shows how I was starting to add different materials to my quilts. The opalescent color is created with the use of floral plastic.
Next came Deep Stars I was a scuba diver and the ocean has always been fascinating to me. When I learned that along one of the hot water wholes in the Mariana Trench supported Fuchsia colored star fish , I just had to do a quilt to note that wonder.
Deep Jellies is also a study of the ocean and my love of texture. I hand dyed the lace and the jelly fish are spray painted for extra color.
Briar Patch is another example of my love of plants and texture.
Blooming Bacteria After visiting a display of Elizabeth Bush’s work where she used the dyed slides of diseases to build her pieces I did a close up of dyed bacteria too.
3. Rocks Canyon’s Create Towers. I did this work after a trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon with my Dad. This trip resulted in 8 works based on that experience. My Grandfather was a rock hound as was Mon and so we where always picking up rocks and collecting them.
Canyon De Chelli was also the result of a trip. I went with two other quilters who are also crazy about rocks. I had to do this quilt because I was fascinated buy the fact that I saw three layers of man kind here. The Anasazi- a very old Native American culture was built into the canyon up high. Then the natives that had returned to the canyon and were living there when the Spaniards came-the lower bigger buildings. And to my eye the stain on the top rim of the canyon looked like the New York City sky line.
Asurite is based on a small stone that I have enlarged. I love building up and playing with the effects I can create with fabric.
Granite Grannies I see faces and bodies every where. This quilt shows the three ways I know of altering the surface of fabric. There is acrylic paint on the faces, the black and white, machine drawing to show the detail and it is dye painted from the back to get the blues. There were a dozen works in my “Spirits All Around Us” series.
Motherhood maze was done to show how sometimes being a parent can be. I used sculptures from Europe- The Veins of Walendorf to represent Eurasian and the fertile stage of motherhood. The Myna birth goddess to represent the beginning of life. And the African mother pole to show how we are tied to the little one for a while after birth.
Generation Whispers was a tribute to my family of women. I am the center with my mother and mother in law above me and all four grandmothers stitched in too. The my daughter with my grand daughter at the bottom.
Blooming Branch I can always count on my love of plants to help me out when I need a subject for a new work. I have done lots of branches and this one has a sister work that is very like it as I had to build two limbs before I was happy and so I created a second background and completed it too.
Briar Patch is another study in plants and my love of texture. I added berries made from Angelina to this work too.
Pomegranate II. As the title suggests there are several works with the pomegranate as the subject. This work along with the others is stenciled. I designed and cut the stencils myself and enjoyed toe process. I have several others subjects using stencils in my collection of work.
Tulip Bed. This work was my first attempt at an l regular edge. I also did this work as a challenge as my friend Barbara gave me the starter fabric that she has painted. I will give it to you if you promise to cut it up she said. And I did.
Call Crows. 49” 34” This work came about due to an experience too. I stared in the Hilton in Auburn one fall when I was at a workshop at the Schweinfurth. I along with my room mate was awakened at 4 in the morning by the calling of the crows outside our windows on the third floor. I just had to comate that event and this quilt does that.
5. Text We Can 72” X 74” This quilt is my declaration of intent to do what I can to help the endangered animals of our plant. I machine wrote the names of all the animals that were threated at that time. Five of them have been removed from the list and two have become existent.