"Paula: 5 of Wooden Spoons (wands) in the Kitchen Tarot."
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"Paula: 5 of Wooden Spoons (wands) in the Kitchen Tarot."
©Susan Shie 2022. 59"h x 62"w. inventory #522. Peace Cozy #85.chose tarot card 4-18-21, began sketches on paper 12-2-21, finished art quilt 2-15-22.
Many large detail images follow the artist's statement below.
I am a social activist painter and fiber artist. I airbrush whole cloth works which I then sew. My artwork and writing are all spontaneous first drafts on the cloth.
This piece is about some very feisty women in our world now. Most of them are famous, and a few are ones you don't know.
Materials: white kona-like cotton from Test Fabrics, airbrush paint, fabric paint, Posca paint markers, Aurifil cotton machine thread, Artfabrik variegated hand dyed perle cotton embroidery thread, one Green Temple Buddha Boy bead. Nature-fil bamboo and organic cotton batting. Cotton fabrics on backing and border.
Techniques: Whole cloth painting. Black line freehand drawing and color areas painted with Aztek double action airbrush and airbrush paint. Smaller writing done with Posca paint markers, because my wrists were both broken over time, and I no longer have the strength to use my airpen. Mostly machine sewn, with one row of hand stitching of perle cotton thread (on the border's outside edge.)
My statement about this art quilt:
Susan Shie. Turtle Moon Studios.
2612 Armstrong Drive, Wooster, OH 44691 email@example.com 330-317-2167 www.turtlemoon.com
Statement for "Paula: 5 of Wooden Spoons (wands) in the Kitchen Tarot." ©Susan Shie 2022. Made 4-17-2021 to 2-15-2022. 59"h x 62"w. Inventory #522, Peace Cozy #85. About my friend Paula Chenevey, who died in 2021, and some other strong women doing good things: Greta Thunberg, Stacey Abrams, Alice Walker, bell hooks, Kamala Harris, Malala Yousafzai, and Judy Vierow, an art quilter friend of mine, who died while I was making this piece.
Materials: white kona-like cotton from Test Fabrics, airbrush paint, fabric paint, Posca paint markers, Aurifil cotton machine thread, perle cotton embroidery thread, one Green Temple Buddha Boy bead. Nature-fil bamboo and organic cotton batting. Cotton prints on backing and border.
Techniques: Whole cloth painting. This time, instead of drawing with my airbrush and black paint, I drew with children’s markers, then went over the lines later with Posca Paint Markers. I put in the color areas and shading with my Aztek double action airbrush and airbrush paint. I did the smaller writing with Posca paint markers, because after two broken arms in years past, I no longer have the strength to clean my airpen. I machine sewed the quilt, adding one row of hand stitching of perle cotton thread (on the border's outside edge.)
4-17-21: I pulled the Tarot card, the 5 of Wands for this quilt's making. In my Kitchen Tarot deck, that suit is Wooden Spoons, because they are the kitchen objects that most fit the "wand" image. Wooden spoons remind me of growing up, working in the kitchen with my mother, who was a great cook! This card is about a chaotic time, when we're having to struggle, to keep some really bad energy at bay, and when we don't seem to be getting anywhere. The women I drew, painted, and wrote about here are all women who are focused on improving our lives, working for the good of the whole group, even the whole planet. From super-famous women, to women you don't (yet) know anything about, I celebrate their feistiness and commitment to making the world a better place, via politics, the environment, personal attitude elevating, etc. From artists to world leaders, they all know or knew that our world is in trouble, and they each have their own way of working to make it better.
12-2-21: I started making a lot of sketches, starting with Paula Chenevey, my Wooster friend who died of cancer last Fall. I added the other women, who are known figures in our world, and who are or were doing important things to make the world a better place.
So the other women here, besides Paula, are: Kamala Harris and Malala Yousafzai (holding up the title banner at the top.) Stacey Abrams, as a mermaid, Greta Thunberg as a centaur, Alice Walker as a buddha, and of course, Paula as an angel. Two other women died, while I was making this piece. bell hooks is a feminist writer and professor, whom I knew nothing about when she died. So I decided to research her and add her at the bottom right side. Judy Vierow, an artist friend of mine from Columbus, OH, died this year, and I had room to add her in, under the title.
I have a big wooden spoon drawn on the quilt for each of the main women shown, and each spoon tells you stories about one of the women, even her astrology signs in both western and eastern astrology.
In the bottom left corner, is a drawing of my YaYa friends and me, after a card I had made for one of them for her birthday. That corner was actually the very first thing I drew on this quilt, because it was a card about the 5 of Wands, the same Tarot card this quilt is named for. You will see an angel floating over us YaYas, and that is Marsha, who died several years ago. I wanted that YaYa to be with the rest of us, and I sometimes draw her with us still.us still.us still.
At the top left corner, where Malala is holding up the "Paula" title banner, I out a haiku, which says:
All here are so powerful.
Young, old, and angels."
I write a haiku on each of my drawings, and I've done that for years now. So I'm thinking up spontaneous haiku for each of my art quilts now, too.
I've decided to stop putting so many detail images of my quilts here on my site. So there are many less here. And my statement is shorter. I'd rather spend the time making more art now!
Thanks a lot, Susan Shie, 4-30-22, finally getting this quilt on on my site, so I can feel good about starting my next quilt!
I teach a class called "Lucky Drawing" in a private Facebook group classroom, just for adult women, and it’s all about freehand drawing in your own natural style. I began teaching month-long classes there in January, 2015, with 8 classes a year.
I also have taught week-long Turtle Art Camps at my home studio in Wooster, Ohio, since 1994. That has been curtailed by the pandemic, but the online classes continue, with my 60th class coming up there next week.
If you're curious about my teaching or buying my art, please contact me. Thanks a lot!
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