Hand-embroidered cut-outs, and free-motion quilted cloth.
Calafuria is a beach and natural reserve in Tuscany, Italy characterized by its incredibly interesting rocks called Tafoni, which were caused by weathering and the cementation process. The myriad of colors and shapes of the rocks inspired me: conglomerated, small, round, irregular and concave; yet forming an immense protruding, sharp barrier between sea and land, nature and man.
I played with simple, natural, humble materials, starting with fabrics acquired in a ‘greige’ stage. Supporting the local textile industry, Organic Cotton (grown and woven in the USA) was dyed with natural ingredients, among them black beans, annatto seeds, turmeric, coffee, and lemon. These textiles were then free-motion quilted using recycled PET batting, or cut-out and hand-embroidered.