Saturday, January 3, 2015

"Ironic" in ASWR - coming April 2015

"And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations" by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi will be published by Schiffer Books in April 2015.  I'm delighted that Dr. Mazloomi asked me to contribute to this exciting work with a fiber art piece that reflects a volatile, yet important time in our history: The Civil Rights era. In June 1964 near Philadelphia, Mississippi,  the murders of James Chaney, a 21-year-old black man from nearby Meridian, Mississippi; Andrew Goodman, a 20-year-old white Jewish anthropology student from New York; and Michael Schwerner, a 24-year-old white Jewish CORE organizer and former social worker also from New York, demonstrated the dangers faced by civil rights workers in the South, especially during what became known as "Freedom Summer", dedicated to voter education and registration.
The Ku Klux Klan’s hate filled murders of these three heroic young men was vile. It profoundly illustrated the extent that racists cowards went to try to marginalize African-Americans of that era.  

In the summer of 1964, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner paid the ultimate sacrifice to help others exercise their civil right to vote.  My quilt contribution is a tribute to these civil rights icons. I find it ironic that almost 50 years later we're now facing a new phenomenon with our civil liberties now being threaten again via the voter suppression movement of minority voters and attempted gerrymandering efforts in several states.  My quilt contribution in Dr. Mazloomi's latest work is featured just above.  It's called "Ironic".  If you would like to pre-order this wonderful book, you can do so at www.schifferbooks.com.

"First Kiss"

"First Kiss"
Innocence

Cheetah Girl

Cheetah Girl
QA Reader Challenge "Inner Animal"

Freida

Freida
I just love Freida Kahlo!

"Hello down there!"

"Hello down there!"
Rare find of shrimp like creature in a iceshaft in Anartica

Kiss of a Rose

Kiss of a Rose
Quilt Visions "Fantasy Flowers" Challlenge

Swept Away

Swept Away
Another quilted portrait

Quilted Denim Jacket

Quilted Denim Jacket
Close up of Shaunna's quilted photo

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle
Watercolor rendition of a photo of a lion I took while in Africa

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge
Couldn't resist posting this water color work of an elephant on safari

Leopard at night

Leopard at night
Another watercolor

Geronimo

Geronimo
My quilted rendition of the proud Apache leader

Something to think about....

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"



Pablo Picasso