This piece is inspired by the basket weaving patterns of the indigenous peoples along the Santa Cruz river, where I live in Arizona. Techniques include katano shibori, discharge, dyeing, burning, trapunto, and machine stitch.
This quilt is inspired by the wonderful fabrics (a shot cotton in burnt orange, and a navy New Aged Muslin by Marcus Brothers) and the traditional quilt pattern Chinese Coins. A link to a 1940s Amish version is here. I call it Coin Toss, and every time I think of the name, I want to ask, What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?
The use of negative space and plain fabrics just begs for fabulous quilting, and I tried to keep the tension of the perilously stacked coins going with the navy-on-navy background quilting.
This piece features stitched shibori dyeing technique on silk fabrics, multiple 3-D quilt layers, and is embellished with found plastic objects.
This piece is another of my ‘Modern’ quilts. It features commercial fabrics and improvisational piecing. The digitized quilt design in the black areas is based on a traditional Japanese sachiko pattern called ‘steam.’ Edamame are steamed fresh soybeans. I think there is a Pad Thai quilt in my future!
Chopsticks and Edamame will be part of the Studio Art Quilt Assciates’ Food for Thought exhibition. The show will debut at the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, in April 2015 and will then travel to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England, in August, 2015.
Here an elegant southwest sunset fabric is the focal point, with a cactus flowers print providing the 3-D affect. Learn about this technique in my book, Wild and Wonderful 3-D Quilts.
I used my 3-D technique on this elegant Asian panel and coordinating fabric to create wisteria vines draping off the quilt. Find out how in my book, Wild and Wonderful 3-D Quilts.
This quilt is a smaller version of It’s a Jungle Out There, a finalist at the Quilt Festival in Houston. Learn how to make it in my book, Wild and Wonderful 3-D Quilts.
This quilt, using a panel fabric designed by Laurel Burch, is included in the gallery of my book, Wild and Wonderful 3-D Quilts.
This whimsical piece uses my 3-D art quilt technique with commercial fabrics. I call it It’s a Jungle Out There. See this art quilt in IQA’s show in Houston in Fall 2015 as part of the SAQA travelling ‘Wild Fabrications’exhibition . You can learn these techniques in one of my classes, or in my upcoming book, Wild and Wonderful 3-D Quilts.
The Radical Elements show is in Washington D.C. today at the National Academy of Sciences. A link to information on the current venue is here. Since the embargo on publishing photos of the works has been lifted, I can post a full view of the piece now. Drum roll please….
Painted archival Tyvek embedded with silk fibers and medical gloves, layered with window screen with acrylic paint and medium screened into it. The piece features cutouts and a 3D element, an S curve composition, and is quilted with magnets. Embellished with electric guitar strings.
Samarium 62: No Relation. This piece is part of the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ Radical Elements invitational exhibition. A photo of the entire work is embargoed until its debut exhibition in May 2014. It is made from materials other than fabric and thread, and ‘quilted’ with magnets. The piece overlaps two series: Samaras and Circlesss.
Window screen with gel medium, silk fibers, screen printing, embellishments.
This piece is a small ‘quilted’ collage made from window screen, kozu and lace papers with digital and hand-printed images, layered and stitched. With cutouts and found objects.
Quilt for Change recently asked me to submit a piece for their Light, Hope, and Opportunity Challenge. The project raises awareness about the Solar Sisters program, where African women entrepreneurs are given loans to start their own businesses. They buy inexpensive rechargeable solar lights to sell in their communities. This means fewer costly and dangerous kerosene lanterns in African villages. What a great cause! The exhibition will start in Geneva next month, and hopefully travel to the US.
I have been thinking about burning the edges of a piece for a while, and this seemed like an excellent opportunity.
Here is my artist statement for the piece:
Lucina Lighting the Way
Lucina was the Roman goddess of light and childbirth: She who brings children into the light. Here, the pregnant goddess holds a golden orb. The lively color scheme and bright shapes evoke a hopeful spring. This quilt is a tribute to modern-day Lucinas, our Solar Sisters, who are bringing safe, affordable, solar-powered light to their friends and neighbors. The singed edges are a reminder of the dangers of kerosene lanterns, which maim and kill users across Africa each year. Hand-dyed, and printed linen, painted silk, layered and machine stitched. Techniques include cutwork with a burned-edge finish.
Sans Samaras is hand-dyed, discharged and over-dyed silk dupion, hand-printed, layered, stitched and stretched on a frame. With felted wool embellishment. In a private collection.
Zen I, 2013. Hand-painted, screen- printed silk with felted wool, layered, stitched, cut and stretched on a frame. 26” x 14.”