I am a mother and wife and most of the time I have and I am still a career women. I always treasured and enjoyed doing my three jobs. I have endeavored to give my three jobs all equal time and effort that is just what a mother and wife does – that’s what my Mother did and she managed so I do as well.
I believe that ‘Working Mothers’ have the hardest job in the world but also the most rewarding – I don’t know what gives us our extra energy, the extra hours in the day that we somehow find, the organizational skills we learn should be bottled, how we never seem to get sick should be studied and how we run these three jobs simultaneously and do a better job over the three jobs than many do with one should be revered by all.
I have tried to portray some of the times I found to be the hardest to manage and many depended on the age of my children at the time.
Each quilt was made by first ripping fabric and then machining these strips back together again. Some areas of the quilts show rough edges to represent the frustration experienced by working mothers never seeming to have enough time to give 100% to any of the many job they do. Each quilt also has a smooth area to represent the love of family and career. There are many angles within the quilts that also represent the many different directions that the working mother is pulled in. Each quilt is finished by binding and stitching in blanket stitch to represent love of my children and husband and maybe just a little for the great bosses I have had over the years who have tried to understand just how difficult being a ‘Working Mother’ can sometimes be.
The first quilt in the series was ‘Skewbald” which is a breed of horse with markings made of two colours only (no black) but under each colour is a different coloured skin – I thought this represented many things about a Working Mother.
The trees are my newest works and follow on from the quilts in that the fabric part is done in the same style with addition of text, as this is something I have always wanted to incorporate into my work.