My work with fabrics and buttons borrows the traditionally feminine art form of sewing and quilting, which has been historically classified as craft. But I believe that quilting, depicted as ‘folk art’ associated with the activity of rural women, both black and white, has been underrated as the true art form that it is.
The exhibit uses the “women’s work” of quilting and sewing to make statements about women; our images, our obstacles and our status. Each of my pieces tells a story or describes an experience, embellished with buttons, but always with fabrics that contribute to the depth of our connection to cloth.
"Fabrics of Defiance" includes art meant to stimulate a conversation: But most importantly, each piece has to project beauty first, and the statement, second.