Trish Williams

Corinth (2009)
cotton, duchess satin, sparkling organza and acrylic yarn
24 x 8 in.

“I bring together the rhythm of hand dyed, painted and commercially made fabrics with the syncopated lines of my quilting to tell stories about the African Diaspora and my community. While my textiles are steeped in the tradition of the story quilt, cloth-based narratives constructed frequently from scraps of clothing and other familiar fabrics to record history at a particular time and place, they are intended to be viewed on the wall rather than to dress a bed. My tales are for all to see and know, rather than for just an intimate few. I challenge the status quo, refusing to accept the stereotypes forced upon me by society. Instead, I question the very nature of these stereotypes using familiar forms and processes to hold the viewer’s attention.”

“Corinth is named after the biblical definition of what love is and after reading that it has stuck in my memory.  When I was creating this “Darling Diva” I asked her what was her name was as I do with all my creation and Corinth came to mind.  She’s soft sculpted of cotton fabric with acrylic felted hair and dressed in duchess bridal satin. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors and it means refreshing, feminine, calming, sophisticated, energy, wisdom, serenity, wholeness, creativity, emotional balance, good luck, spiritual grounding, friendship, love, joy, tranquility, patience, intuition, and loyalty. Her butterfly pendent represents to Native American the symbol of change, joy and color. The exquisite butterfly was considered a miracle of transformation and resurrection.”

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