I was asked the the Journey Center in Santa Rosa to create a art quilt addressing the upcoming one year anniversary of the Sonoma County fires. Lately I have been doing a lot of botanical printing on fabric so it seemed like a natural fit to use leaves as my central metaphor. For the piece I used leaves from trees native to the oak woodlands that burned and remain a scar on the physical and psychic landscape. My piece starts at the bottom in a gradation of color. Each row depicts another point in the fire and the aftermath. The bottom row shows the green leaves of Valley Oak, Black Walnut, and Bay Laurel engulfed in the red and orange of flames, the next row the leaves and surround are all flames each row a progression from leaf to flame to ash to leaf again. If nothing else the fire have taught us that nature is persistent she does not give up easily the green shoots and leaves push up through the charred earth, scorched black trunks put forth new shoots. The human spirit is equally on display – a will to rebuild with a new deeper knowledge of the importance of home and community.
My work and the work of many others will be on display at the Sonoma County Strong Quilt Show at the Journey Center1601 Fourth Street Santa Rosa, CA 95404. The opening is September 21st from 5:30-7:30 and the show runs til November 2nd.
I offer you another empty chair this week. Like last weeks images of chairs this one is done with stencils I made. But unlike last weeks mono-prints this is done on wood panel with layers of acrylic sanded, layered and sanded again. I like the old fashion graphic advertisement feel that this technique gives. So I offer this empty chair as invitation to sit and BE but also to let you know about 3 upcoming sales. Today I am off to the airport flying up to Bellingham Washington. My long time college friend, Julia, is hosting an art and jewelry sale for me tomorrow. So if you are in the Bellingham area please come by. The details are below. Got to go I have 3 wheelie bags of merchandise to load up, wish me luck!
•November 10th 1-5pm, Bellingham, WA, 3410 Illinois Lane (between Vining and Crestline) Call (707) 431-8489 or (360)676-0791 for more details
•December 2nd 12-4pm, San Francisco CA, 379 Eureka Street (4th house from the corner of Eureka & 21st) Call (707) 431-8489 for more details
•December 8th 10am-4pm, Healdsburg CA, 314 Center Street, Suite 216 Call (707) 431-8489 for more details