Quilting for their Lives

In a remote village in the Thar desert of Pakistan, the women are primarily Hindu in a Muslim country. Not only that, but they are from the bottom of the untouchable caste system. They have very few options in life for what they can do to earn a living. Most of the women are illiterate and are forbidden to travel without their husbands or a male relative. The men dye cotton and the women take that cotton and stitch together brightly patterned Ralli quilts. They embroider, appliqué, and adorn their creations with bits of mirror, sequins, shells and beads. The patterns are based on ancient textile traditions dating back thousands of years.

Beyond Beauty, Durango Herald, March 17, 2009

SITE Santa Fe exhibit pushes boundaries of aesthetics “You are here, 2008” Judith Schaechter Much contemporary art is highly intellectualized, sprouting from institutes of higher learning, embedded in a system that eschews beauty and prefers provocation. Art today is in-your-face, shocking, gigantic, but rarely is it pretty. At SITE Santa Fe, Laura Heon has curated…

New Art & Culture Magazine Launches

Dear friends, For the past few months I have been working with Ellen Berkovitch on an exciting new media project. Adobe Airstream will be a state-of-the-art new media website providing unique content about art, culture and design in the West and Southwest. Independently, Ellen and I came up with very similar ideas and decided to…

Mind the Gap–Or Not

Review of recent exhibit at Eight Modern Gallery in Santa Fe, NM Katherine Lee, “Exterior 13, New Mexico” “Mind the Gap” is a warning phrase and a reminder to passengers in the London Underground of the significant—and potentially dangerous—space between the train door and the station platform. To “Mind the Gap” means that one does…