My textile wall art addresses issues that are close to my heart. I use my artistic voice as a platform for speaking to the current times while providing beautiful art for someone’s home or business. My original handwoven fabrics become metaphors that address the environmental damage from the textile and fashion industries. These industries destroy waterways throughout the world, and leave individuals without clean drinking water while causing physical ailments. “70% of the rivers and lakes in China are contaminated by the 2.5 billion gallons of wastewater produced by the textile industry”1. And that is just one of the affected countries.
Each series starts with a pristine initial panel, representative of our planet’s original state. The middle panel exhibits slight decay and fraying caused by environmental damage to date. It is still recognizable and salvageable but needs repair. The final panel is a chaotic piece that reflects my fear that our planet will be shredded into something new and untamed due to our lack of care and action.
My handwoven fabrics take an extensive amount of time to design and weave. When I create my textile wall art by cutting into them, it is both scary and painful. That is exactly how I feel when I consider the damage being done to our planet.
1 Kathryn Webber, “How Fast Fashion is Killing Rivers Worldwide”, EcoWatch, EcoWatch, March 22, 2017.