This is a homage to the quintessentialSupermom who juggles car pools,
cooking, a job, kids, laundry and everything else a good chatelaine
must deal with. Her embellishments reflect those various functions
and perhaps her stressed expression reflect the difficulty
of it all.
"Keeping the Balls in the Air"
The Louise Brooks Icon Quilt
26” x 34”
Machine pieced and machine quilted
Commercial fabrics and Photo Images Computer Transferred to fabric
New Haven, CT USA
Silent film legend Louise
Brooks, known as the girl with the patent leather hair, has a
cult following that grows over
time. Films such as “Pandora’s Box” and Diary of
a Lost Girl” hold up remarkably well; new generations of movie
fans swoon over the clean, ultra-modern line of her body, and her
seamless acting. While some silent film acting seems “corny” by
contemporary standards, Louise Brooks transcends the decades.
She makes an inspiring
icon, because her example is living proof that if you give your
very best, time will be on
when at the time everyone seems to be telling you no. For it is often
forgotten that in the 1920s, Louise’s greatest roles received
little attention. In fact, she abandoned acting altogether and had
long considered herself a “failure” when new generations
of film buffs began to proclaim her a major film goddess. She then
lived out her life as an author and film historian. She makes a
great role model for people with dreams that might seem to exceed
I felt that Louse’s art deco-like appearance was particularly
well suited to a quilt. She blends in perfectly with the black, white,
gray and violet tones of the work. I chose to emphasize a sleek simplicity
in the piecing, as I felt this was in keeping with the new modernity
of the Jazz Age, and also spoke to the elegant simplicity of Louise
Brooks herself. As her fans like to say, you never “catch” her
acting, and she makes it all seem easy, but the genius is there.
Genius or not, I hope this is a work that would have pleased her.
When I was a child, I was
ostracized and bullied because I lived in an Irish neighborhood
but was not Irish (though I looked the part), and because I was
very intelligent, and therefore often the teacher’s pet.
I had few friends and no siblings, and I was isolated at a time
where everyone else was making those friendships and alliances
that last through high school and beyond.
Mr Spock was my hero. He
was different, and smart and obviously didn’t fit in with
those around him, yet he was respected and befriended and even
loved for who he was. He’d had the same ‘outsider’ childhood
that I was living, and he’d risen above it to become a
brilliant and caring man. He taught me that believing in yourself
was hard work, but worth every minute of the effort, and that
true friends were deserving of fierce loyalty and allegiance.
Now, years later, I
still remember the comfort I gained from watching him move
through a world that wasn’t quite his and enjoying it
(even though he didn’t let it show). His simple elegance
and calm demeanor gave me hope and purpose and direction when
I felt lost – and I’ll be grateful forever.
Size: open: 28" x 38"
Commercial, decorator and
hand dyed fabrics. Appliqué, antique handkerchiefs thread,
Angelina fibers, computer generated manipulated photo transfers,
buttons, thread, ribbon, coin and shell embellishments. Free
This was definitely a challenge
for me. At first I thought it would be relatively simple to choose
a saint, bodisvats or icon. However, the more I thought about
it, the more I begin to see that there were many different icons
that have greatly influenced my life.
Finally I decided to define
Icon as a famous person or thing, which represents a set of beliefs
or way of life. With that in mind I began with the 1940’s,
my birth era and thought about who or what was important to me
at that time. It was a natural progression through the following
decades. When I finished the list, I just could not decide who
was the most important. Each icon was important to that time
of my life. And so “A Generation of Icons” is my
submission to the challenge.
This icon is called the
Virgin of the Sign, because instead of holding the baby Jesus,
the Virgin Mary has Christ in a circle on her heart. I have a favorite
icon from Bulgaria, and I decided to make another like it, but
with a slightly different motif. Both are the same size, 4-1/2" x
7". I also wanted to capture the light which is characteristic
of icons -- the light should come from an inner source, not from
anywhere outside the icon. I consider this a work in progress.
of the Sign"
"4-1/2" x 7
"Venus of Willendorf"
34"h x 38"w
All fabric dyed and discharged by the artist.
Boulder Creek, CA USA
The Venus of Willendorf
is the first goddess image
that I connected with. Made of limestone during the Paleolithic, 25,000
BCE. Thought to be a fertility figure and thus named "Venus".
Hundreds of these have been found in Europe, they fit in the palm of
your hand. I would love to hold one someday. And now She is so popular.
An Icon! On T-shirts and fridge magnets everywhere.
So here she is in her shrine.
Free Motion Embroidery and Quilting
32" h x 19" w
I chose Ganesha as an icon
because he symbolizes the virtues of a human life: he is worshipped
as a god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. The latter
does not mean wealth of money but rather wealth of virtues.
He stands for overcoming obstacles and all kinds of difficulties
everyone may face on the path of life in order to grow and
fulfill destiny. The piece has been executed as a silk carving©,
hand painted and hand stitched.