This image of dancing figures came to me in the middle of the night, and I sketched it in the bathroom with the door closed so I wouldn't wake my husband. I used the it for an QuiltArt challenge using recycled materials. The figures are from an old shirt, the blue swirls are three-dimensional, made with styrofoam, aluminum, and lint from the dryer. The stars are also repurposed aluminum. Who knew that that foil sews so nicely!
Detail - Dancing Green
This piece is now in the collection of Bob and Phyliss Ward.
These quilts were made between 2008 - 2013 when I was very ill with interstitial cystitis (IC) and pudendal neuralgia (PNE). The first quilt, "IC Hurts," was published in the ICA Update, a monthly magazine of the Interstitial Cystitis Association. It was auctioned and purchased by the ICA and now hangs in their corporate office in McLean, VA. The second quilt, "The Doctor's Office," was made to communicate the frustration and desperation caused by an illness for which there is no cure -- an illness that doctors find difficult to diagnose and impossible to treat.
When Pain is a Monster
Pain, anger and frustration were the catalysts for this piece. I just wanted to quilt, but I was in pain, and I couldn't concentrate. In tears, I grabbed a piece of fabric and began stitching the feelings. Interstitial cystitis, a chronic disease which strips the bladder of its lining, is also an invisible disease. I was tired of talking about the pain; so instead I decided to show the pain.