Today I wanted let you know about the Pets on Quilts blog show coming next month. The bunnies and I are once again proud sponsors of this fun event.
Our prize will be a signed copy of our book Fabled Fusions and
a pair of bunny scissors.
So mark your calendars and be sure and enter! Here is the link to Snoodles at the Lilypad Quilting blog for more information. Thank you Snoodles for hosting this event!
Next, I would like share the work of Diane Savona. I can't even remember how I found her, but I find her work to be so incredibly intriguing and wonderful.
Here is her artist statement.
Diane SavonaHow do we learn history? Textbooks give us dates and leaders; students memorize facts for the test, but few people have a deep understanding of how our ancestors lived.
As a child I felt that lessons of wars and nations had little bearing on my family history. It was like studying weather patterns, gusting far above, knowing that my peasant grandparents had survived in thatched huts in Poland. What was their story? My art is created with that question in mind.
The objects I use are collected at my equivalent of archaeological digs: garage and estate sales. In my Passaic neighborhood, there are still large numbers of first and second generation immigrants from Eastern Europe. At these sales I hear the language and find the tools of my grandparents. There, I unearth items that were once commonly used in the domestic sphere – pincushions, darning eggs, crochet hooks – but are now almost extinct. I exhume forgotten embroidery and mending, and present them as petrified specimens.
My textile works are art and archaeology. They are the stories of past generations. By deconstructing past artifacts and preserving them in an archaeological presentation, I hope to change viewer perception of our textile heritage.
I can't help but think of all the things that are disappearing around us. So many things just being thrown away in our disposable society. So many things young people don't know how to do unless a technological gadget is involved. I guess, as a lover of textiles and creating things with my hands, I simply feel a connection to Diane's work.
I love what she is preserving in each piece with each stitch.
Here is a wonderful video in which she further describes her work.
I invite you to hop over HERE and visit her site and view her gallery. I think you will enjoy it as much as I have.
Light, Love and Hugs,
Michelle and the Bunnies