TOR: Toxic Masculinity Must End

This is my entry into Threads of Resistance. I have named it, Toxic Masculinity Must End. It is printed using Procion MX dye on cotton broadcloth and silk organza. There are additional collaged elements like Meadowlark fabrics and tulle. I used the StencilGirl scroll stencil in its creation in addition to multicolor print sets . 

Please read it’s Artist Statement on the Threads of Resistance website.  
The imagery and ideas contained in this piece came to me in a torrent of creative engagement. I did not know quite what I wanted to express, or how I would present my message. I knew it would fall under the category of Women’s Rights. My artists statement sums up what this piece stirred within me. 

I praise the powers that be that I am able to express myself visually and that I live in a country where I can, indeed, express myself, my thoughts, my experience through art and otherwise. This is not to be taken lightly. Especially not now, when our rights are being questioned and reversed in what can feel like a daily onslaught. When possible political discussion is elevated to partisan name calling and bullying ends conversation before it can begin. 

For the last few years-one of my personal mantras is, “What would an artist do?” This helps me push myself beyond my own perceived barriers by externalizing what it means to be an artist. So why not transform my rage by encouraging us all to follow the $ and #resist. That’s what artists do. I hope you will head over to the Threads of Resistance and check out all the entries. The traveling exhibition will be announced soon. In the meantime, go see what our fellow fiber artists have to say on their chosen topics. 

Learning to quilt again

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 I have finally gotten to the point where I am using the cloth I have been printing all year long. I am very excited about this for several reasons. The most surprising of which is, I forgot how very much I like piecing and quilting. For years I have been ‘art quilting’, using thickened dye to create one of a kind wall art in a figurative style, as I wrote about in Inspired to Quilt . Over the years, I stopped making surface designed cloth for the fun of it, while looking at my storage bins and wondering for what or why I should keep them. Now, I look at those bins and I see potential. I want to tear through these bins and make throw quilts. I want a stack of throws, folded, stacked, pretty and ready for use! 

The photos you see here are the back of a quilt. I like two sided quilts and I think the backs should be as fun as the fronts, although I think backs should also be quick and easy.MellyQuiltsBernina

Because I have been focusing on multicolor printing this year, I have a criteria for what I would like to accomplish while piecing and quilting my cloth. I want the cloth and my designs to really show themselves off, it takes commitment and time to print cloth and I want my quilts to really show my cloth off to its best advantage. I am exploring different quilt blocks and settings to do this. Right now I think it is a good idea for me to work with bigger blocks of a simple nature, like 6″ half square triangles, 1000 Pyramids. I bet as I cut, piece and quilt the throws I am working on now that I will begin to see my way through the quilt block forrest a little better.

I am oh-so-happy to say, today I am heading over to Victoria Findlay-Wolfe‘s house for a day long class in 15 Minutes of Play . This book has been following me around for weeks, if not months. Victoria uses a technique she calls Made-Cloth, where she sews cloth together improvisationally, and figures out how to use it later. For my part, this is useful in that, because I have printed all of my own cloth, I want to use every last bit of it. Many of my multicolor printed cloth pieces are quite small, so I have been making Made-Cloth with it, but I am sticking with the same prints and colors, rather than using many prints in one Made-Cloth piece. Brilliant.

I will post and let you know about what I have learned in Victoria’s class. I look forward to meeting quilters, I can’t wait to see the synapse connections I make. I love learning.IMG_2583I uploaded this image because I like the hash marks. I also really like graffiti and poster art, so there! Enjoy.