Sunday, November 15, 2015
This is about the subversive cultural violence that submits women to sometimes very unhealthy expectations, to suffer for beauty. Lead based powder was popular in the middle ages. The red in lipstick sold during the 1940's was carcinogenic. Today they just discovered some foundations have a chemical in them that actually damages the skin. Some women are completely unaware of these pitfalls, they actually look down on those that might not comply; i.e. arm pit hair.
In the 1950’s many women wore bright red lipstick. As a child, I remember her carefully applying it. Women are most vulnerable to cultural rules on how women should appear. This requires balance and awareness of who we are verses what society imposes on us.
Poem stitched/written on face of quilt reads “My mother wore bright red lipstick. In 1976, red dye#2 was found to be carcinogenic. She died in 1986 of breast cancer. My children never knew her.”
Materials Hand painted and mono-printed cotton.
Techniques Machine pieced and quilted including text of a poem.
To quote Arundhati Roy "Another world is possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
curved piecing, surface designed, and creative stitching. Surface design
includes stamping, dying, overdying, painting, sun printing, image transfer,
cyanotype and bonding. Cotton,
silk organza and burlap.
My focus with this quilt was to
make a pieced quilt into an single image as a painting. Inspiration strike with
the thought of a ‘return’ hug from my favorite subject. The Tree Hugged Back is a delightful aha moment. I realized that
the tree did hug me back, in return, albeit metaphysically.
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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The book, "When the Heart Waits" by Sue Monk Kidd, inspired this piece. In the book she attempts, in an inspiring way, to address the spiritual mid-life crisis from a woman's point of view. She describes 'diapause' as that point of clinging before the caterpillar begins to make its cocoon. It epitomizes the leap of faith it takes to enter the cocoon and emerge, through time, a changed creature, to be transformed. This relates well to the time in mid-life when we decide if we remain closed or open to a new way of being.
All fabrics are created by the artist. They are dyed, painted, mono-printed, sprayed, and silk-screened. The fabrics are rayon, silk noil, cotton and linen. I intuitively curve-piece and quilt the artwork.28x 23 now $275.00!
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