25 May

‘Murica

I am proud to say that ‘Murica, from my Security Blanket series, is part of Quilt National ’15, the nineteenth international juried competition for new, innovative quilts, and that I can now share it publicly!

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The flag is made up of many guns appliquéd from used clothing and other household textiles, and then outlined in a variety of hand embroidered stitches commonly used on crazy quilts.

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I think it’s pretty self explanatory. For me, it essentially represents America’s obsession with guns, and specifically the craziness of the human toll it takes in the name of safety. Hopefully it’s open enough that others are able to infuse some of their own interpretations as well. I hope it’s a conversation starter.

This quilt and many others in a variety of aesthetic approaches and subject matter can be seen in the cloth from May 23rd – September 7th, 2015 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center, and then in smaller traveling groups for the next two years.

07 Oct

Shroud

About a year ago the United States was slogging through a government shutdown. I went to DC and sat for a small while deconstructing an American flag as a metaphor for what I saw our congress doing. I blogged about it here. Since then, I have used those flag parts for several art quilts. One was as a base for “Dominant” which was shown in SAQA’s regional show Tarnish last May.

I haven’t shared my second piece as yet because I decided to submit it to Quilt National. Today, I found out that one of the two pieces I submitted was accepted (yay!) and so the other was rejected (also yay because now I can share it!).

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Death Shroud for Democracy” is constructed of a deconstructed flag, used clothing, and a vintage sheet. It should be obvious that it references the Shroud of Turin. Death Shroud expresses my frustration and disappointment with the state of American politics particularly since 2010.

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I probably should have more to say about this piece, but I’m not sure I need or want to put it into words. I suspect everyone can have their own conversation with it. As for the other, somewhat related, piece that DID get into Quilt National, we’ll have to wait until May 2015 to see that one.

02 Oct

More Americana

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I’ve been working on a few more pieces in my Americana series. McGuffey Art Center is holding a benefit show in November to raise funds to replace all their hall lights with LEDs so as to save money on electricity and to keep the building cooler in the summer months. MAC artists were given 12×12 wooden boards, nicely mounted, on which to create the artwork of their choice or to advertise a service such as dance class or music instruction. All the 12×12 boards will be offered at $150 each with all the proceeds going to MAC. Any artist who donates a board can then also hang a piece of their choice in the main gallery and 50% of any of those sales will benefit MAC (the artist gets the other half).

I figured my Americana pieces would be perfect for this, so I picked up my board and got to work. I decided to glue my piece to the board and paint the edges with textured paint. While I was putting my 12×12 piece together, I had some scrap strips which made me think of the stripes in a flag. I was immediately inspired and pretty much dropped everything to work on these two pieces. I don;t know if it was the embroidery I had done on my submission to Quilt National (sorry, no peeks) or my chat with Allison Aller at Quilt!Knit!Stitch! in Portland, but I decided to connect each strip with crazy quilt embroidery.

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It’s not easy to sew through painted fabric, but the effect was exactly what I had imagined. I also liked the way the painted and embellished 12×12 quilt portion looked glued to the board, so I assembled a similar board in flag proportions from hardware store supplies.

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I love the completed flag!

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