Vertigo II 36” x 36” 2011 Applique, hand and machine pieced, hand quilted, hand painted, hand pleated Silk, cotton, wool, metallic, polyester, organza Born in Moscow and a graduate of the Moscow Textile Institute, I moved to New York City in 1998. My first impressions were of a vibrant city in exquisite harmony with respect […]
Material Witnesses (2011 - 2013)
For the theme of its fifth traveling exhibit, The Manhattan Quilters Guild chose “Material Witnesses,” with its multi-layered references to the processes and medium of the fiber artist. The title plays with the legal concept of a “material witness”--someone whom the government feels has information about a crime significant enough to affect the outcome of a trial. Further, to bear witness suggests a direct connection to events. It can be a way of honoring by one’s presence.
The Triangle 36” x 36” 2011 Machine pieced, hand appliqued, hand quilted, hand embroidered, stenciled, painted Cotton, including 3 vintage prints. The quilt also includes acrylic paint. The triangle is a shape often used for traditional patchwork. It also represents the Greek letter “delta,” used as a symbol to signify “change.” When it is capitalized, […]
Units 31: Rhythm in Lights 36″ x 36″ 2011 Fabrics monoprinted by the artist using fabric paints. Machine pieced and machine quilted Cotton fabrics, fabric paints, cotton/poly batting, polyester thread The Units series explores the construction of a whole piece using elemental geometric units which, when joined, create an abstract composition with lines, colors and […]
Chasms 5: City of Contrasts 36” x 36” 2011 Machine pieced, fused raw edge applique and machine quilted Hand-dyed cotton by the artist Manhattan is a city of contrasts with its diverse architecture, materials, parks and people interconnected by the ever changing and overlapping reflections that surround us.
23 Witnesses 36” x 36 2011 Machine applique and quilting Cotton canvas foundation, cottons: hand-dyed, batik, commercial; paper; cotton batting and backing The eyes are focused on an event, the specifics of which are not clear. One can be sure that whatever happened got everyone’s undivided attention, and will be remembered for a long time […]
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral – Means of Production 36” x 36” 2011 machine quilted and pieced with machine-free hand embroidery Approximately 85% of the top is made of silk from Thailand, China, Nepal, India, Vietnam and Cambodia. When I think of material I think of cloth, and when I think of cloth I think of silk. […]
[Iconography #9] Material Girl 2 36” x 36” 2012 Applique Fabric, batting, thread Luke Haynes works with quilts to blur the collision of function and art. His works often depict Icons that play with the figure ground, relating the craft and history of quilting with the modern ideas of portraiture and painting. His background is […]
Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull 36″ x 36″ 2011 Hand and Machine Stitched. Traditional and Digital Painting. Silk and Cotton We are but distant observers, unable to control the forces of nature that churn our world. We can only watch helplessly as natural elements meld, shift, rip apart, solidify and liquify. We fool ourselves into thinking our […]
Second Avenue Subway 2011 36” x 36” pieced and appliquédcommercially printed fabric and fabric designed by Katherine Knauer and printed using an on-line service (Spoonflower.com), embroidery. I live directly on the site of the new Second Avenue Subway construction. I photographed some of the equipment, including a huge drill, and scenes of traffic disruption, and […]
The Princess of Weaving 2011 36” x 36” Machine piecedAntique Japanese cotton and silk, modern hand-dyed cotton (some I dyed myself), blends from many countries. The idea for this quilt came from woven bamboo baskets. In Japan many of these baskets have very unusual shapes; some actually resemble flower vases more than baskets. The narrow […]
No Escape 2011 36” x 36” Silk, silk and synthetic organza The earthquake in Japan in March 2011 showed us once again how powerful “Mother Nature” is and what damage a quake and more so in this case the tsunami waves (Big Wave and Black Water) can do to the man made environment particularly the […]
KALEIDOSCOPIC XXXVI: The Artful Non Sequitur 2011 36” x 36” Techniques: : Machine pieced, hand embroidered and hand quilted with x’s Cottons including Fortuny fabric In both law and common usage, a non sequitur is a statement in which the conclusion does not follow from its premise. In this quilt, I disconnected from my usual […]
Do Not Cross September 2011 36″ x 36″ freehand painting, raw edge appliquecommercial cottons, commercial paints, rayon and cotton threads Artist statement: “Material Witness” instantly impels the image of yellow caution tape. “Do Not Cross” is not the depiction of actual caution tape, but rather the attempt to capture the flash of mental imagery that […]
Material Mandala 2011 36″ x 36″ Machine quilted and hand inked.Hand dyed cotton, cotton batting, cotton, rayon and polyester thread. An inexhaustible variety of patterns gives rise to a coherent whole.
In the Looking Glass 2011 36 ½” x 36″ hand applique and embroidery, couched threads, hand quiltedcottons and hand woven Burmese linen Glass won’t ever do what you expect. It has as many moods as a movie star. Marcus Brown polishing 200″ mirror on Mt Palomar, 1930’sStructures of steel and glass define the midtown landscape […]
Central Booking 2011 36″ x 36″ Machine piecedStenciled and commercially available cottons and cotton blends. “Central Booking” updates the traditional quilt design of a diamond in a square. It also continues the legal theme suggested by the exhibition’s central booking is where the newly arrested are brought and held before arraignment. The central QR code […]
Material Witnesses: CAUTION / URBAN SPRAWL 2011 36” x 36” Fiber photomontage. Printed on transfer paper & heat set, hand & machine stitched, hand sewn beads layered organza over cotton, beads Wherever one travels over time, the forests, farms, grasslands of memory seem to be paving over as far as the future can see. This […]
Quilt Drawing # 14 2011 36″ x 36” Machine pieced, hand quilted, hand embroidered.Silk fabric, cotton, metallic threads. In my Quilt Drawing series I honor my love of drawing and painting. Lines reminiscent of landscape and figure are embroidered, pieced and composed within frameworks ranging from wide open spaces to complex colored fields. The rich […]
FOLDER OF MY METAPHORS 2011 36″ x 36″ Hand painted by artist, photo transferred, machine, hand quiltedSilk My memories… I transfer… I carry them across the river of my life…I organize… I carefully store… I share them with you…
Shape Study: Dark and Light 35.75” x 36” Hand-dyed, machine-pieced and machine-quiltedHand-dyed and commercially-dyed cottons, batting, thread Departing from my typically vast color palette, this piece was made by creating silhouettes of imagery from two of my existing quilts, Storyboards #8 and #9. It continues my work of building an intricate language of pattern, abstract […]
Material Witness 36’” x 36” photo transfers, cotton, silk Material Witness is a piece I created around week 17 of 19 weeks on the Grand Jury. I am glad that I served on the Grand Jury, though for me it caused many sleepless nights thinking about the cases we heard. This work reflects the chaos […]