Émigré

31" x 46" silk collage panel.  Photo transfer, acrylic, china marker, ebony pencil, kimono and cotton fabrics, free motion stitching on silk.

"Émigré" is an homage to the Italian immigrants in Mendocino County, California.  Often a piece will weave a narrative from a single image when I begin working — this one spun off the small photo of two mothers holding their children in an orchard.  When Italian families settled in the valley where I live they planted figs and grapevines, and I've included photos of these combined with vintage botanical pages, old tags, and receipts to illustrate their journey.

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