September 28, 2016

It takes courage to let what wants to emerge- do so without consciously or unconsciously steering it into something that is easier to talk about, easier to acknowledge, something that grabs attention but stays on the surface without getting too close to the raw fleshy core. This is what I was thinking about while cutting out the sharp edged black and white fabric pieces (intuitively, much as I would create a drawing) that gradually became Struggle for Voice (©1985). A white suspended horizontal ladder floats in front of a 8 x 10’ hand sewn layered fabric piece, while black vinyl arrow shaped leaves on 10” black stems cluster in one corner, pulling it down and spilling onto the floor. Using the materials and processes of fabric, bringing them out of my functional skill set as...

June 15, 2016


When the limitations of this world seem too restrictive and every perceived way forward seems lorded over by an unsympathetic outside gatekeeper, you may need to make your own world. This is what I think about now looking back at my piece, Small Beaded World. While I was making it (around 1984), I was interested in the aesthetic/technical aspects: making a round shape by cutting and hand sewing together flat pieces of fabric; selecting just the right color of transparent glass bugle beads; determining how densely to attach them on the surface and how satisfying the beads would feel as a texture as you held it. As I made it I thought about making it wearable so the wearer could stay “I’ve got the world on my shoulder”. I also thought about making a much larger version, design...

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