Textiles

I began doing patchwork when I was teaching at Kenyon College, a class on art by women.  All the students made their own textile work and talked while sitting together, discussing women's issues in the 1980's.  One of the students eventually wrote her PhD about the class.  When I had to teach painting I stopped stitching and only took it up intermittently while focusing primarily on oil painting, wtercolor/colored pencils, and drawing.  Now it's the stay-at-home COVID time, and I found myself wanting to stitch patches together again, for healing, for myself and the soul of the world, as the old Bangladeshi women in the 19th century did.  It's actually making my painting better when I do go back to it.


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12x12' inkodye and embroidery 2019                           I have used this  image of a laughing dog in several piece: a painting, a woodblock print, and this one, an embroidery on printed textile.  It cheers me up!
Puppy
12x12' inkodye and embroidery 2019 I have used this image of a laughing dog in several piece: a painting, a woodblock print, and this one, an embroidery on printed textile. It cheers me up!
12x12" patchwork
2020
Red Cat
12x12" patchwork
2020
embroidery on painted fabric 17x17'' 
1998
Ancient Spirit
embroidery on painted fabric 17x17''
1998
Patchwork 27x33' 1935

This quilt was done after a residency in Finland in the town where my ancestors left to come to America.  The cemetery in Alajarvi has a lot of very old ornate wrought iron headstones with the name Koskenmaki
and there is a road leading to their farm called Koskenmaentie.  This is my homage to our ancestors who left home to find a better life.
Leaving Home
Patchwork 27x33' 1935

This quilt was done after a residency in Finland in the town where my ancestors left to come to America. The cemetery in Alajarvi has a lot of very old ornate wrought iron headstones with the name Koskenmaki
and there is a road leading to their farm called Koskenmaentie. This is my homage to our ancestors who left home to find a better life.
10x10'' embroidery on painted fabric
about 1990
private collection
Beaver's Lament
10x10'' embroidery on painted fabric
about 1990
private collection
11x14" patchwork
2020
Tree and Birds
11x14" patchwork
2020
patchwork and embroidery on an old stitchery
2020
Meditation #4
patchwork and embroidery on an old stitchery
2020
The earliest attempt at stitchery, inspired by the women of Bangladesh in the 19th century, who believed their stitching together of old fabrics helped to heal the soul of the world.
The title is from a French song about beggars marching.
This piece burned in our house fire in 1977.
Banner for the March of the Beggars
The earliest attempt at stitchery, inspired by the women of Bangladesh in the 19th century, who believed their stitching together of old fabrics helped to heal the soul of the world.
The title is from a French song about beggars marching.
This piece burned in our house fire in 1977.
6x6'' embroidery on fabric
1990
Crow
6x6'' embroidery on fabric
1990
38x40' patchwork, embroidery and crocheted center
about 1990
About 10 years after our house burned I used imagery like this in my paintings and textiles for about 3 years.
Burning House
38x40' patchwork, embroidery and crocheted center
about 1990
About 10 years after our house burned I used imagery like this in my paintings and textiles for about 3 years.
10x8'' patchwork 
2020
Yellow Cat
10x8'' patchwork
2020
12x12" patchwork
2020
Orange Bird
12x12" patchwork
2020
11x14" patchwork and applique
2020 on top of old patchwork
Figure and Star
11x14" patchwork and applique
2020 on top of old patchwork
10x10'' embroidery and applique on painted fabric
2020

collection of Christine Attalai
The Beaver
10x10'' embroidery and applique on painted fabric
2020

collection of Christine Attalai
12x12" patchwork
2020
Study in Yellow and Gray
12x12" patchwork
2020
abou 40x40''
an early work, about 1985
Private collection in Cambridge, Mass.
Bridgings
abou 40x40''
an early work, about 1985
Private collection in Cambridge, Mass.
16x18'' patchwork
2018
Vespers
16x18'' patchwork
2018