Broken Dishes is a concept for a new series of altered textiles, soft sculptures, and quilts. "Broken Dishes" is the name of a quilt pattern composed of triangles in contrasting colors, mimicking shattered plates on the floor. For me, that visual also brings to mind buried artifacts and fragmented thoughts.
I've been reflecting recently on the baggage of fiber and textile arts - associations with domesticity and female industry. I resent this baggage. Hand-sewing, weaving, and textile work are meditative practices for me, and I view these activities and the resulting objects as rich in metaphor and meaning. Going forward, I wish to explore this tension between my love of textile objects and the contradictory feelings they invoke.
New work in this series will be posted soon.
Pincushion Reversed, 2017, polyester and wool fabrics, polyester batting, quilter’s and dressmaker’s pins, embroidery thread
Prom, 2013-2018, my prom dress c. 2006, nesting bowls, and heirloom kitchen table.