This spring my work Keeping Up Appearances #5 was selected for the Dinner@Eight annual invitational exhibit. The theme was ‘Rituals’ and I chose the ritual of table setting for my piece.¬† The exhibit catalog ¬† is now available from Blurb. It’s a beautiful book!
For this piece the main fabric was what else? a heavy cotton¬† tablecloth woven in metallic threads in a block pattern.¬† I screen-printed more of the 1950′s etiquette text on this cloth last fall just before I had my first knee replacement.
The fabric hung on my design wall all throughout my recovery as my inspiration to begin anew. My original idea underwent a metamorphosis during that time and I ended up designing something completely different. I used tulle between layers which basically created a nightmare for stitching but in the end I was pleased with the results.
Now just ten days from my second knee replacement I am thinking about what I want on the wall next to inspire me!¬† There have been some fabrics pinned up there for awhile that still inspire but as my father’s health declined nothing was started. So these fabrics will remain there but I may draw the template for another stone path piece now when it is easier physically to do so.¬† I anticipate a much more rapid recovery this time around because I do know what to expect.¬† Yet in reality I just have my eye trained on the prize…being fully mobile in the world once more.