V is for violence

V is the violence,
ever-present relentless,
compels the migrant to leave his home
then looms always in the darkness.

As I mentioned before I have a piece in the Migrant’s Alphabet which is an illustrated social justice book project based on the Quaker Anti-Slavery Alphabet book of 1846.

We were each assigned a letter and what it stood for and then asked to illustrate the letter (in 12″x12″ format) and write the corresponding couplets. I think I had just 3 or 4 weeks to get it done.

I had a flurry of ideas of how to illustrate violence but they’d all require the larger form of work I usually produce. The 12″x12″ constraint is confining for a textile based worker like me. But I figured it out and produced this minimalist reverse applique distressed work. Then I stretched it on a canvas and mailed it off.

V innards

The outer layer is a very old t-shirt from my closet and then there are six layers of felt and shot cotton, slashed and laundered to shrink and distress. For me it is a superhero echo within a hopeless–yet immensely hopeful–enterprise.

V for Violence

Be sure to check out the other work in the show at the Migrant’s Alphabet website and if it travels near you.

mute monday: the one where i can’t stop starting new blankets


The Migrant’s Alphabet

My work is in another show. Here’s their boilerplate. I’ll show more later.

The Migrant's Alphabet

Inspired by a book from 1846 (The Anti-Slavery Alphabet), leading mixed media artists and activists from all over the US started a project, called the Migrant’s Alphabet, to bring awareness, education, and conversation to the current crisis of immigration in the United States and around the world. The Migrant’s Alphabet exhibit of 26 mixed media artworks will debut at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport CT, opening October 4, and then travel to a variety of venues across the nation.

A book is being published of all of the art and the accompanying poetry. All proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to organizations defending and working to better immigrant communities. The Migrant Alphabet website is under construction and will serve as a resource for education, links to donate funds, the art on view with statements and links to the individual artists, and information about the exhibits and events.


Ever just neeeeeed to sew? You know, just for the pure meditative element? Yeah. I’ve just been sorta-aimlessly sewing and cutting and resewing for a little while.


Bits of doodle

Someday, I’ll find my way.


PS: If you’re in the Philly area, check out this Gee’s Bend exhibit at Swarthmore College. There are several events next week, including an exhibition with a quilt of mine in it.