2.24.2012

Phoenix Foreclosure Quilt

Finally!! I can share with you the Phoenix Foreclosure quilt that I finished last month. First, the sunny weather got in the way of photographing it and then, surprise, I lost a crucial part of my tripod, grrr. I put it down somewhere in my studio telling myself I would find it easily here ... well, obviously my brain wasn't capable of remembering.

Phoenix Foreclosure Quilt, 2012. 22" x 52"
Shot cotton, cheesecloth, linen, yarn and embroidery thread.
So, this morning I rigged up a ladder and pinned the piece on the exterior of my new studio wall. It's not perfect but at least you get the gist. There are foreclosures all over Phoenix. It was hard to narrow down an area, I could do many pieces here. For now, I zoomed in on what looked to be a thriving neighborhood with a well-functioning K-8 school (the blue rectangle on the right). What must it be like for these kids to walk through this neighborhood?

Phoenix Foreclosure Quilt detail, 2012. 22" x 52"
Shot cotton, cheesecloth, linen, yarn and embroidery thread.
I chose shot cotton for this piece. Red seemed appropriate for Phoenix as well as the dire aspect of the crisis these days. I also used the cheesecloth again as an interior fabric, similar to Detroit. The cheesecloth continues to deteriorate each time I handle the piece, which is part of the point.

Phoenix Foreclosure Quilt detail, 2012. 22" x 52"
Shot cotton, cheesecloth, linen, yarn and embroidery thread.
I am almost finished with the Riverside quilt of which you had a peek here last week, just another week or two. It's shaping up to be one of my favorites.

7 comments:

Lindsay said...

Congrats on your new quilt! It's beautiful/tragic.

Lari Washburn said...

The quilt is beautiful Kathryn. I saw it on Pinterest and pinned it immediately. I have a bother in Phoenix and I know he has struggled there with the economy. What I wonder, will be born of all this hardship?

Sophie Truong said...

another great piece! love the use of cheesecloth. well done!

Katrina said...

awesome, awesome, awesome. i will never tire of this project. nope, never.

cynthia said...

Wow! I love the colors and fibers! Beautiful!

karina nielsen rios, copenhagen, denmark said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Unknown said...

I just stumbled on your blog tonight. Last year, my husband and I (and our four children) lost our home to foreclosure. We lived in hard hit So-Cal neighborhood called "The Wood Streets", in Riverside, CA. There are many homes that were lost. Your art is deeply touching to my husband and me. It perfectly describes our raw emotion over our situation. Thank you for sharing this with the world.

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