George Floyd, Eric Garner, and countless other Black people whose final moments went unrecorded, gasped out “I can’t breathe” as they died at the hands of police. The horror of that idea is only made worse by the knowledge that it is all too common, that the lives of Black Americans are not safe, and […]
I recently decided to change the way that I am doing the Victims Quilts. Rather than continue to create two enormous, unwieldy quilts that include multiple mass shooting events, I am separating out each event into its own banner. Here is the first, the quilt for the Las Vegas shooting in October of 2017. At […]
Another long quilt hanging in my stair hall. I’ve finished the Victims Quilt banner for the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting in 2017. The quilt is 16″ wide x 102″ long and contains the names of the 26 people who died that day, including the six members of the Holcombe family.
Here’s the finished piece for the BirdZeed January Challenge. “Line” was the inspiration word. For this piece, I began by thinking of phrases about lines: “Walk the Line,” “Tow the Line,” and “Line in the Sand,” which is the one that Robyn mentioned in her blog post about the Alamo in San Antonio. “Line in […]
Work on my unexpected protest series continued this week with a new piece called “Alternative Facts.” I first created the letter blocks, sewed them together, and then slashed the top and resewed it over and over again. I captured the in-process pictures and created a 33 second video of them; if you’d like to see […]
I’ve finished the latest in my accidental protest series. Entitled “Home, Sweet Home,” it is done in the style of a cross stitch wall hanging and hand quilted. But, the image of “home” is that of a UNHCR refugee tent like the ones currently housing Syrian refugees. The blue fabric matches the color used by […]
I doubt this one needs a lot of explanation. It includes pages from The New York Times on October 3rd and 4th, 2017, overlaid with a gray sheer and quilted with black thread in concentric circles. The green gun sight image is appliqued on top. I used actual newspapers, knowing that this piece will wear […]
The Muse seems to be stuck on political work lately. This new piece is no different. This piece is entitled “Welcome Mat” and it is roughly the size of one at 20″ x 30.” I used fusible, raw edge applique to add the Arabic letters, which say “Ahlan wa Sahlan,” meaning “Welcome.” I studied Arabic […]