First Do No Harm – 40 1/2″ x 40 1/2″
I’ve continued on my series, but haven’t posted in a while, so here’s an update on my work in the Working in Series class at UC Berkeley Extension, Fall quarter.
Life Wheel – 37 1/2″ x 44″
I continued making pieces from the previous quarter with the goal of making a statement about the fragility and preciousness of the natural world around us and our need to protect it. As a retired RN who worked in labor and delivery and also an oncology unit, I have cared for people at both ends of the spectrum – alpha and omega – birth and death. These are the times when it is clear that every moment of life is precious. This, and the realization that all life on our planet is interrelated, is a source of inspiration for my work.
I started with some preliminary sketches, but first and foremost, kept my process improvisational. I used a variety of fabrics including silk dupioni, silk organza, lace, and cotton. Then I added text and image using a variety of techniques, such as silkscreen, photo transfer, and linoprinting. I combined these materials into a background layer juxtaposing straight lines and more organic shapes to suggest an interaction between the natural and manmade world. I allowed my work to evolve and morph as I refined my ideas. I add one or more layers using collage, printing or painting techniques, then add line and texture with machine or hand stitching. More here.