Orcas Fighting Great White Art Quilt
Orca Attach on Great White, 2011
Art Quilt, 2011, fabric & thread, 46″ x 42″
Art quilts are a great way to depict ocean scenes and information that is visually appealing to educate the viewer. In the wild, orca whales often team up on a great white to take it down. This depicts that event to show that despite the great white’s vicious reputation, it too has moments of defenselessness.
By Catch Art Quilt
By catch is when industrial fisheries bring in large catches and in the masses of nets and fish, larger species are also caught. During this process, species like sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, etc., become entangled in the nets and die before they can be released. Although it is illegal to catch these species in most areas, it happens and thousands die everyday. Some fisheries are trying to update the technology and methods used in their work, to decrease bycatch.
This art quilt depicts the terrible outcome from by catch.
Fuzzy Shark Installation
“If sharks appeared like this, would you feel the same?
If sharks were cuddly, would you fear them?
If sharks were victims of human cruelty, would you defend them?”
Read more on the Fuzzy Shark Exhibit Here: Fuzzy Shark Installation Write Up
Knitted silk stainless steel (69% silk, 31% stainless steel (core))
Inspired by the flexible suit worn by divers to protect against shark bites. Designed by Jeremiah Sullivan in the 1970’s, it’s often referred to as a “shark suit”. It’s made of extremely tightly-woven steel or titanium rings and is designed to cover a neoprene wetsuit. I created this piece thinking of the shark’s fins, protecting them from humans. The top layer is crocheted wire while the bottom layer is a knitted silk. The silk is actually spun with stainless steel. This piece is made for the top dorsal fin of the shark.
Fleece Sea Creatures
We create soft toys to engage young children in play. It’s important for them to grow up with a great appreciation for our oceans and learn how important it is to care for them.
Stingray hooded blanket