Rebecca Zicarelli created and gave to me, the women’s circle shibori image using her antique treadle sewing machine. It honors women standing together shoulder to shoulder to support and care for each other. I continued that thread, with the traditional women’s mode of creating (sewing) and added the appliqued hand dyed indigo hands to represent those who are ready to offer help, be it transportation, financial, or emotional support for the difficult decision and journey. Together the “Women’s Circle” is strong and resilient.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am a shibori textile artist and live in Salem, Oregon. My work uses traditional Japanese shibori techniques that are collaged or appliqued into original work. I draw inspiration from nature and support using my art to draw attention to current political issues. I have exhibited locally and internationally with SAQA and various galleries. I recently exhibited at the 2022 Korean Fiber Forum in Suwon, Korea in the exhibit Birth, Life and Death and the 2022 FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Socially & Politically Engaged Art at Eastern Tennessee University.
© Laura O’Connor