In 2018 I devoted the year of the tapestry diary to the phrase "Sticks and Stones...." because of the political and social upheaval in the United States. This was my way of making a positive thing from negative emotions I felt from the state of the world. This is one of my ongoing year-long tapestry diaries with each color change being woven on a different day of the year. The stick and stone images were woven within each ongoing month, beginning at the bottom with January, 2018 and building up to the top to end on December 31, 2018.
This is one of my ongoing year-long tapestry diaries. In 2020 I felt that hope was what I needed to face each day of uncertainty. My tapestry diaries are ones in which I weave a small part each day of the year--every color change in the tapestry was done on a different day. Every month I selected a feather to weave within the framework of the changing days. A portion of Emily Dickinson's poem, "Hope," was my inspiration: "'Hope' is the thing with feathers-that perches in the soul-and sings the tune without the words-and never stops-at all."
Memories of Ferns was done at the end of 2020, the first tapestry of larger size that I was able to complete during the first year of the pandemic. I wanted to evoke a sense of loss by making the fern frond transparent. I've used dark/light rectangles in other works to signify departure. By combining these two ideas I expressed a little of my feelings of helplessness about the state of the world's health.