The day she posted the Challenge, coincidentally, I happened upon my maternal grandfather's obituary. He and his four brothers were second generation farmers and ranchers in Sutter County CA, which is part of the Sacramento River Valley. Later that evening I watched the grim realities of the results of the current long term drought affecting this entire area.
The stamp I carved represents the acres of orchards/vineyards now in peril: Almond, walnut, peach, plums/prunes, kiwifruit, grapes (Thompson Seedless were developed here)
Forecast: Hot and Dry is a lament for the farmers of the Sacramento River Valley and us all.
This piece is made with both commercial and hand-dyed, painted, stamped and inked cottons. Machine and hand stitched.
|Forecast: Hot and Dry|
|Detail of artist-cut block, printed and stitched|