Social cause art is what my friend and fellow fiber artist, Do Palma does. Since "Crazy" is my first foray into this world, a meeting with Do to hear about her experiences working with difficult subject matter was needed. The Rail Yard Restaurant was our spot to meet, eat, discuss and of course embroider in public. She offered me insights on what her work has meant to her and how she gets her message across to her audience, all while adding some stitching to the Vietnam segment of project (she didn't like my needles though and suggested a better brand for me)!
It was a delightful meeting with a thoughtful and talented woman. Thank you!
CBS This Morning: Saturday's co-host Michelle Miller had a very interesting interview with author Rob Hart. His latest book, The Warehouse is a sci-fi dystopian cyber thriller about companies that "...treat us like disposable products. We are the food they eat to grow bigger." I'm not usually a sci-fi reader but because I am working on the "Crazy" project I think I will have to give this book a read! What really caught my attention was Michelle Miller reading the book's opening quote. " I pity the man who wants to buy a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produced the cloth will starve in the process" and here is the kicker....its an 1891 quote from our 23rd president Benjamin Harrison ! Unfortunately time has not solved the problem. Workers all over the world are still underpaid plus the environment is now groaning under the weight of textile waste.
The former, "How is it Possible" project is now called, Crazy- A Contemporary Quilt About Pressing Problems in the Fashion Industry. Yes, its longer but I just thought it was way more descriptive and I like the instant connection with my design source, the Crazy Quilts of the late 1800's. Here are some images of the latest embroidery work.
Georgia Rowswell is a mixed media artist living and working in Cheyenne WY.