I've been invited to participate in an artist blog hop that started in Europe and has come to me via my art friend Kathleen Loomis (check out her website here and her blog here). Kathleen's work is known worldwide. I have followed her career as an artist through her blog for a number of years. She never ceases to captivate me with her work. The blog hop consists of four questions about my work and some recommendations for other artists I am inspired by.
What am I working on?
Really, there are not enough hours in the day. I have six projects in process right now and I am flitting between them like a housefly on honey. Two are experiments. I started with some quilts gone bad (of which I have a plentiful supply), cut them up into little pieces (ahhh! release!) and then stitch them back together again with raw edge strips. This black and white sample shows the piece that is focused on the practice of redlining neighborhoods (where banks and real estate operations defined lower income areas of the city as too risky to invest). Lots of messy threads beginning to nest up on this one. I'm maybe 10% there with what I want to do with it. The other is a collage (see Mind Map below) that has been on my wall for over a year and a half and includes so many pieces of ideas that it might end up being an inventory of my brain. It grows and grows. If archeologists find it in the future they will postulate on what brain worm I was hosting.
The third piece focuses on piecing. I am calling it Witnesses for now. But it might turn into Refugees. The work is inspired by all of the people who have lost their country of origin through catastrophe, war and plague. No pics yet.
Number four is a study done on a recycled tablecloth. I spent last week stitching a globe on it. It dominates my thoughts when watching the news. Too new for shoes right now.
And numbers five and six are part of an invitational show using cigar boxes as the base. You can see that work here and here.
What does all this activity net me? Confusion sometimes, release on other days. When I tire of one I flit to the next with abandon. The on off switch goes off and on again and I am reinvigorated.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Though I am not alone in this pursuit, I focus a lot on the line work of the stitches. I don't use patterned fabric choosing instead to focus on solid colors or recycled white linens.
Why do I do what I do?
I ask that of myself almost every other day. No quick answer there. I have always been a maker. Using my hands to create objects is a biological need for me. Take me out to dinner and I will fold the napkin, arrange the toothpicks and contemplate how the sugar packs could be stitched together to create a mound of mystery. That said, I constantly wonder if this is the best use of my time. Could I do more for my community? Could I focus more on my family? How can I help others?
How does my process work?