Sawblades

Living in northern California for many years, seeing the massive trees on the lumber trucks always fascinated me. As a child I toured a lumber mill and still remember the wonderful smell of the freshly cut wood.  I am intrigued by construction and industrial materials and use the images to create texture and design in my work.

I photographed big lumber cross cut blades used in the redwood industry, traced the patterns of various types of saw blades in the historical exhibit at the county fair and made rubbings of modern blades at the hardware store.  Some of these images have been used to dye-paint my fabrics used in this series. I find humor in using a free form takeoff of the traditional sawtooth block design combined with the saw blade images in my fabric.

 
Sawblades 11, 41.5” wide x 58” tall, 2016

Sawblades 11, 41.5” wide x 58” tall, 2016

Sawblades 11, detail

Sawblades 11, detail

Sawblades 10, 46.5” wide x 44.25” high, 2016

Sawblades 10, 46.5” wide x 44.25” high, 2016

Sawblades 10, detail

Sawblades 10, detail

Sawblades 9, 22.4” wide x 41.75 high, 2015

Sawblades 9, 22.4” wide x 41.75 high, 2015

Sawblades 9, detail

Sawblades 9, detail

Sawblades 8, 15.75” wide x 15.5” high, 2015

Sawblades 8, 15.75” wide x 15.5” high, 2015

Sawblades 8, detail

Sawblades 8, detail

Sawblades 7, 40” wide x 20” high, 2014

Sawblades 7, 40 wide x 20 high, 2014

Sawblades 7, detail

Sawblades 7, detail

 
Cross Cut, 12” wide x 12” high, 2014 SAQA Auction donation

Cross Cut, 12 wide x 12 high, 2014 SAQA Auction donation

 
 
Sawblades 6, 12” wide x 12” high, 2013 SAQA Auction donation

Sawblades 6, 12 wide x 12 high, 2013 SAQA Auction donation

 
Sawblades 5, 42” wide x 28.5” high, 2012

Sawblades 5, 42” wide x 28.5” high, 2012

 
Sawblades 4, 12'" wide x 12" high, 2011 SAQA Auction donation

Sawblades 4, 12'" wide x 12" high, 2011 SAQA Auction donation

 
Sawblades 3, 32" wide x 16" high, 2011

Sawblades 3, 32" wide x 16" high, 2011

Sawblades 3, detail

Sawblades 3, detail

Sawblades 2, 39" wide x 37" high, 2008

Sawblades 2, 39" wide x 37" high, 2008

Featured in Sense of Adventure, Studio Art Quilts Associates with Nancy Bavor, Curator, published in 2011, (pages 36, 37)

Sawblades 2, detail

Sawblades 2, detail

Sawblades, 68" wide x 61" high, 2007  

Sawblades, 68" wide x 61" high, 2007

 

Sawblades, detail

Sawblades, detail