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Eighty-year-old grandma one of 5 American artists selected to exhibit at the International Tapestry Triennial in Lodz, Poland in 2013.

I'm an 80-year-old working artist, wife of 60 years, mother of four, and grandmother of four whose works are in museum, private and corporate collections worldwide, in addition to being represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. Although I've been the recipient of many honors and awards in my time, one of the most significant to me is the honor of having recently been selected as one of five American artists to exhibit in the prestigious 14th International Tapestry Triennial at the Central Textile Museum in Lodz, Poland. Begun in 1972, this is the longest-running, most highly regarded show of contemporary fiber art in the world. 

There's just one catch: In spite of the recognition I've achieved in my field, my work is so labor intensive that I barely earn a living from it. Therefore, I'm asking for your help in subsidizing my participation in the Triennial. My artwork for the exhibit, pictured below, has already been created. Entitled "Disturbances 10", it is 79"x59" and is composed of hundreds of pieces of silk fabric, meticulously hand stitched together, and hand quilted in three layers (top, inner batting, and backing), taking five months to complete.

The exhibition will run from May 6 through November 1, 2013. In conjunction with the exhibition, the selection body, Friends of Fiber Art International, is organizing a ten-day trip to Poland for artists and collectors. In addition to attending this exhibition in Lodz, the tour will include visits to fiber arts exhibitions in Warsaw and Krakow.  

As a lifelong New Yorker whose ancestors emigrated from that part of the world, I'm eager to join this tour -- not only to attend the exhibition and related events, but to reconnect with the roots of my work. My grandfather, a 12-year-old Yeshiva boy who made his way to America in the late 19th century, became a tailor and taught my mother to sew. She, in turn, taught me the skills with which I create contemporary hand-stitched artworks based on traditional textile-based techniques. . The presence of the human hand has always been integral to my work, and a visit to Poland, at the heart of these centuries-old traditions, would be a crowning experience to my past – and future – celebration of textile arts.  

My art has always found inspiration in my travels, and I expect that this will be the case as well if I am able to undertake this journey. For instance, visits to Spain and Russia in the late ’90s resulted in a number of new works in a series entitled “Byzantium,” and, after an artist residency in England in 2004, three series emerged ("Cornwall Journals," "Innerspace," and "Complexity"). As Tennyson wrote: “I am a part of all that I have met, and all experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untraveled world.”  

I am seeking funding to cover the costs of shipping my work to and from Poland, as well as my travel and lodging expenses for the ten-day trip. Without outside funding, my limited income from Social Security, a small pension, and occasional sales will not support this project.  Any additional funding beyond the original goal will help to finance the exhibition of new works inspired by this journey.  

In addition to my eternal gratitude, rewards that I offer in exchange for your help include many of my original works at a one-time-only discount of up to 50%*. These meticulously crafted museum-quality works will  become a lasting legacy in your collection. All come ready to hang, with hardware included as necessary. This offer is limited to the duration of this fund-raising campaign, after which prices will revert to original retail values.

Please donate what you can, and send a link to this Kickstarter page to the important people in your life, encouraging them to donate as well. Please bear in mind that Kickstarter funding is only available if I reach my goal! Thank you!

Artwork created for Triennial exhibition....

"Disturbances 10"   79"x59"   pieced silks, hand quilted ($9,000 pledge)
"Disturbances 10" 79"x59" pieced silks, hand quilted ($9,000 pledge)

THESE ARE THE ARTWORK REWARDS FOR YOUR SUPPORT....

*Please note--all of the original artworks are being offered at discounted prices during this fund-raising campaign only! Retail prices will prevail thereafter. Domestic shipping costs are included. Additional charges will apply for international shipping.

ARTWORK REWARDS-AT-A-GLANCE (for easy reference)

(Artwork Rewards-At-A-Glance is available as a printable pdf document... Please contact me to request one

ENLARGED IMAGES OF SELECTED WORKS FOR BROWSING  (in no particular order and not inclusive of all rewards!).....see more on my website or contact me to request enlarged image(s) of specific work(s)

Disturbances 1   48"x40"  pieced silks, hand quilted..$3,600 pledge
Disturbances 1 48"x40" pieced silks, hand quilted..$3,600 pledge
Disturbances 2    48"x40"    pieced silks, hand quilted....  $3,600 pledge
Disturbances 2 48"x40" pieced silks, hand quilted.... $3,600 pledge
Disturbances 6    48"x40"    pieced silks, hand quilted.... $3,600 pledge
Disturbances 6 48"x40" pieced silks, hand quilted.... $3,600 pledge
Disturbances 7    66"x65"    pieced silks, hand quilted ...$7,600 pledge
Disturbances 7 66"x65" pieced silks, hand quilted ...$7,600 pledge
Innerspace 10    40"x40"    pieced silks, hand quilted....$2,600 pledge
Innerspace 10 40"x40" pieced silks, hand quilted....$2,600 pledge
Innerspace 7    40"x40"    pieced silks, hand quilted....$2,600 pledge
Innerspace 7 40"x40" pieced silks, hand quilted....$2,600 pledge
Etude #2    38"x38"    pieced silks, cottons, hand quilted....$2,100 pledge
Etude #2 38"x38" pieced silks, cottons, hand quilted....$2,100 pledge
Etude #3    38"x38"    pieced silks, cottons, hand quilted....$2,100 pledge
Etude #3 38"x38" pieced silks, cottons, hand quilted....$2,100 pledge
Etude #5    40"x40"    pieced silks, cottons, hand quilted....$2,100 pledge
Etude #5 40"x40" pieced silks, cottons, hand quilted....$2,100 pledge
Fragments    24"x35"    pieced silks, hand quilted....$1,800 pledge
Fragments 24"x35" pieced silks, hand quilted....$1,800 pledge
Voices Beneath    25"x35"     pieced silks, hand quilted....$1,800 pledge
Voices Beneath 25"x35" pieced silks, hand quilted....$1,800 pledge
Night Thoughts 5    53"x51"    pieced silks, cottons, metallics, hand quilted...$4,600 pledge
Night Thoughts 5 53"x51" pieced silks, cottons, metallics, hand quilted...$4,600 pledge
Byzantium V    54"x38'    pieced silks, cottons, hand quilted...$3,500 pledge
Byzantium V 54"x38' pieced silks, cottons, hand quilted...$3,500 pledge
Meditations 1 through 4    hand hooked  each 21"x21"x1"...pledge $1,100 each
Meditations 1 through 4 hand hooked each 21"x21"x1"...pledge $1,100 each
Soft City: Red Door    40"x50"   hand quilted mixed media...$2,700 pledge
Soft City: Red Door 40"x50" hand quilted mixed media...$2,700 pledge
Soft City: Open Door   50"x40"  hand quilted  mixed media...$2,700 pledge
Soft City: Open Door 50"x40" hand quilted mixed media...$2,700 pledge
Fugue #2  35"x57"   pieced silks, hand quilted...$4,000 pledge
Fugue #2 35"x57" pieced silks, hand quilted...$4,000 pledge
Vanishing Points #1 through 8  hand hooked  each panel 31"x21"x1" ...pledge $1,600 each
Vanishing Points #1 through 8 hand hooked each panel 31"x21"x1" ...pledge $1,600 each
The Geometer's Hand  2   hand needle punched on canvas...$550 pledge
The Geometer's Hand 2 hand needle punched on canvas...$550 pledge
18 silk bas reliefs, each 8"x8"x1"...pledge $250 for 2 panels
18 silk bas reliefs, each 8"x8"x1"...pledge $250 for 2 panels
Red White & Blue, each panel 21"x21"x1" hand hooked cotton....$2,900 pledge
Red White & Blue, each panel 21"x21"x1" hand hooked cotton....$2,900 pledge
Return to Byzantium  8"x10" framed   needlepunched cotton..$550 pledge
Return to Byzantium 8"x10" framed needlepunched cotton..$550 pledge
Meditations 1- 4,  bas relief, metallic fabrics, each panel 10"x10"x1"...pledge $175 each
Meditations 1- 4, bas relief, metallic fabrics, each panel 10"x10"x1"...pledge $175 each
Divertimento  17"x48", pieced silks, hand quilted...SOLD OUT
Divertimento 17"x48", pieced silks, hand quilted...SOLD OUT
Tee Time  50"x50'  pieced silks, hand quilted....$4,000 pledge
Tee Time 50"x50' pieced silks, hand quilted....$4,000 pledge
Impromptu #3  18"x18" framed,  pieced silks, hand quilted....$500 pledge
Impromptu #3 18"x18" framed, pieced silks, hand quilted....$500 pledge
Soft City Study  16"x14' framed, silk, hand quilted...$650 pledge
Soft City Study 16"x14' framed, silk, hand quilted...$650 pledge
Soft City Study  14"x16" framed, silk, hand quilted....$650 pledge
Soft City Study 14"x16" framed, silk, hand quilted....$650 pledge
Disturbances 5   48"x24"   pieced silks, hand quilted...$3,100 pledge
Disturbances 5 48"x24" pieced silks, hand quilted...$3,100 pledge

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The challenge for me in this project, which involves many levels of donors/rewards, will be keeping track of all pledges in order to make sure that rewards are delivered as promised within the time frame announced. Not only am I a born list-maker, but I consider one of my greatest strengths to be organizational. I have extensive experience in working with spreadsheets and multitasking, so I believe that I'm up to the challenge, even at age 80 (a vigorous eighty!).

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    5"x7" "Disturbances 10" signed note card with personal message from the artist

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    DVD: "Evolution of a Fiber Artist" +reward #1

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    Full color 26 page signed catalog of "Disturbances" series including critical essay by Ed McCormack + reward #2

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    A CUSTOM-MADE ARTWORK! I will create a mixed media hand-quilted silk work based on a photographic image submitted by you, The technique will be similar to that employed in the Soft City studies in which the image will be a creative interpretation based on your photo rather than an exact replication. The subject of your photo may be anything (a landscape, your house, a portrait, your pet, etc.), but must be your own, and cannot infringe upon copyrighted material. Measuring 7.5"x10", the work will be matted (14"x16") and ready for framing (add $100 if you want me to frame it).

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    Original hand quilted silk artwork "Disturbances 7", 65"x64" (value $15,000) + reward #3

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    Original hand quilted silk artwork "Disturbances 10" (79"x59") that will be exhibited at the International Textile Museum in Lodz, Poland in 2013 (value $18,000) + Triennial exhibition catalog + reward #3. Artwork will be shipped at the conclusion of Triennial exhibition.

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