I chose three linoleum blocks from my "library" to use: the reaching woman, some leaves, and the root, and I carved the new hip-hop dancer (I wanted a dancer, but a ballet dancer seemed overused) with a jasmine vine, the text block, and California poppy leaves. The words are "reaching, reaching for the edges, let us." I also wanted to experiment with a collagraph: I used gel medium to adhere a piece of burlap to the back of an old block and printed that in the slate blue.
I have a fondness for the reaching woman: I carved her when I was a student and printed her to be included in a portfolio, The World Is Sick, She Cried, So Let's Dance (1983).
She looks younger.
The root was carved for my 2006 book, Driftwood & Roots.
The leaves are part of a print of irises.
Still available for purchase on Etsy at my store.
On the airplane back from Nashville, seated between two football players,
a body of work came to me. Of course, most of it is box construction!
But I think there will be another art quilt as well.
Let Us Reach for the Edges.