I'm continuing work on the Pearl S. Buck quilt, and was thinking about different elements I want to applique onto it. One of her books was called "Peony", and the peony is also a common decorative image seen in Chinese art, textiles, vases, etc. I thought it was a perfect addition! So I drew it in pencil and used watercolors to finish it. I used my copier to print it onto fabric, and stitched it down. More later on this project. . .
This is my entry in the ongoing textile art exhibit at the Parker Arts Center. It's a stunning show, with some nationally recognized artists. I'm honored to be included! This show will run until July 10th and is really worth a look. Incredible stitchwork!!!
This is for a call for entries for a book to be published in approximately two years. The subject will be textile art depicting woman in the 20th century who are innovative, brave, and history-making! How could I pass on this? My subject is Pearl S. Buck, who wrote about life in China before the communist revolution. I read "The Good Earth" as a kid growing up in a small town outside of Seattle, and her spare, elegant writing made a whole faraway land of people with their thoughts, motives, and exotic culture come to life for me. I decided to start with a portrait of this talented woman who won both a Pulitzer AND a Nobel prize! I then copied her image from my sketchbook to a printable fabric sheet.