This water-theme quilt from the Elements/ Environment series refers to Hurricane Katrina. The strongest storm of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, Katrina flooded the city of New Orleans, killed more than 1800 people, and caused property damage estimated at $81 billion.
Katherine Knauer comments: " Katrina represents a city awash in flood waters. The lower section of this quilt is the traditional “Ocean Waves” pattern, made from commercially printed fabrics some of which includes city scenes. The upper section of this quilt is a silk-screened fabric made as a group project by members of the Textile Study Group of New York (www.tsgny.org) together with the Fabric Museum and Workshop of Philadelphia. The shapes on the fabric reminded me of the microscopic flotsam and jetsam found in floodwaters. Seaweed strips join the two sections, and hand stenciled and appliquéd jellyfish and a mapped outline of the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain were added to the quilt top."
Note: This quilt is committed to be part of the exhibition "Semper Tedium: The Slow Art of Quiltmaking" at the Texas Quilt Museum, January–March 2014. Please contact us for information about availability.
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Photo by Karen Bell
Members of the Textile Study Group of New York and the Fabric Museum and Workshop of Philadelphia with the silk-screened fabric used in Katrina