Category Archives: Art and Social Practice

New Zealand & Australia Patchwork Tour

I never imagined that quilting would take me half way around the world some day! Sign-up for workshops, lectures, and demos down under! Continue reading

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a f t e r l i f e / it’s show time!

My residency exhibition at Recology SF opens September 23-24, 27, with free patchwork clinic Sep 24, see details and read my artist statement. Continue reading

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making do / unexpected juxtopositions

Both finds at Recology were curtains of sorts but with different narratives – red and white, purity and passion, milk and blood, virgin and whore Continue reading

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Sew LeWitt at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery

I discovered how much fun it was to hang out with the good folks at Adobe Books and sew with whoever showed up. Continue reading

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The Pope’s Message of Mercy

MERCY resonates in my heart as I own the harshness with which I judge myself and others in countless minute ways every day. Continue reading

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Curating Colors for Patchwork Installation

Improv patchwork begins by setting a few limits, including color limits. This is exactly what I’ve been pleasantly busy doing this past week. Continue reading

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Improv Patchwork Road Tales ~ Intro

One thing I learned early on, as I shared my story with others, they in turn shared theirs. The development of an idea is a collaborative process. Continue reading

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How do you fold your quilts?

The act of opening and closing a quilt whispers some sacred truth about the revelation of life’s moments and the hiding away of memory. Continue reading

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20th Century Comfort Room

Is an interior space that speaks about the confinement of imagination. Installed at the Headlands Center for the Arts, 1998. Continue reading

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Alien She at YBCA

Alien She at YBCA and Ladies Sasquatch by Allyson Mitchell rocked. YES! I am WOMAN! I am BEAST! Continue reading

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38,564 words and twelve new quilts!

The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters – materials delivered to the publisher STC CRAFT – How I grew, thanks to my amazing team. Continue reading

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Piñata Anchor of Hope ~ Happy Birthday Mom

Remembering a geo-psychic, temporary public art project for the city of Durham, NC, that marked the beginning of urban (and personal) renewal.
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shooting corners

I’m going to survey regulars who live and work here: What creative thing could be done to change patterns of neglect and violence on our corner? Continue reading

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Día de los Muertos ~ and why I’m voting for Obama

Celebrating the Day of the Dead reminds me that human worth based on financial wealth is a fiction that I don’t have to buy into or vote for. Continue reading

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signed, sealed, submitted & feeling smart

A quilt is both a 3-dimensional and a 2-dimensional space. It unifies the visual waves of painting with the embodied elements of sculpture. Continue reading

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Cha-zak Cha-zak Ve-nit Cha-zek

I’m concluding my trip to Death Valley with this beautifully chanted mantra. It’s a Hebrew blessing, thanking God for imparting strength. Continue reading

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Strong Women Row To Win

I’m now in the desert on the home stretch. This mantra reminds me that I AM strong and I will go the distance! Continue reading

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To God Be The Glory

I’m now in the desert half way through my week. This mantra reminds me to feel great gratitude for the glory of the landscape that is so much more than me. Continue reading

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We Are One With The Infinite Sun

There is plenty of solitude in the desert but this mantra reminds me that even though I’m alone right now I am connected. Continue reading

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Ozone Arizona Coal Hotter Bone Sky Corduroy

I’m on my way to Death Valley today. This mantra reminds me of the stark desert that I’m choosing to visit alone. Continue reading

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