Thursday, December 13, 2018

Target Practice 60"x60"

Improvisational piecing is a comfort zone for me.  Maybe because I get to make up my own rules.
In this case I didn't worry about focal points, did I?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Snowy Plover 16" x 20"

For this collage piece, I used a remnant of very loosely woven wool, black felt,  photos of little snowy plovers that live on our local beaches, and hand embroidery.  Instead of making it an art quilt, I mounted the finished stitchery onto stretcher bars.  As soon as I finished, it flew away to become part of a private collection.  

Friday, October 5, 2018

Earth, Wind, Water, Fire. 12" x 18"

I created this small piece for an exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and I am pleased that someone purchased it.  

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Feed the Grid 21" x 31"

In an effort use what I already have, and to finish or repurpose abandoned work, lately I've been excavating my cabinets and closets for new inspiration.  The shibori dyed background which I quilted years ago with the term Solar Power in lots of different languages, was a happy find.  The square tiles  are leftover bits of hand dyed and painted silks and velvets which I appliquéd onto the gridded background.  I love how the tiles seem to be floating on the turquoise grid.  

Friday, August 10, 2018

Border Wall Quilt Bricks

This summer the Threads of Resistance folks put out a call for entry for traveling quilt assembly to protest the ill-conceived border wall meant to keep out our neighbors to the south.  I wanted my "bricks" to be windows.  In fact, I feel we don't need a wall at all.  Asylum, sanctuary, and welcome are sacred ideas upon which the USA was founded.  I would rather be proud of our generosity than to be hard-hearted.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Eggs 17" x 39"

My newest art quilt, unsurprisingly, is inspired by my wonderful coastal "backyard."  This summer I am volunteering as a black oystercatcher nest monitor for the National Audubon Society. 

I walk along the bluffs at Montaña de Oro State Park to find and watch these charismatic shorebirds with their distinctive bright red beaks and eyes.  They create nests with a few pebbles tucked into cracks and crevices on the rocky edges and offshore sea mounts.  My job is to watch a nest for 30 minutes once a week and record any activity.  (The incubation period--parent sitting on eggs--is a little like watching paint dry, but with a fabulous view.)  

However I've learned that standing in one place on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean has many rewards.  Other earthlings like whales, sea otters, seals, birds, reptiles, bunnies, and people pass by, and the waves are always mesmerizing.  But the other thing I've learned about the oystercatchers is not to get attached!  Their nesting success rate is heartbreakingly low.  Their eggs get eaten, their chicks disappear.  It's why, as a keystone species in the intertidal zone, they are a species of concern.