Submitted by Martha S. Heimbaugh, Heimbaugh Studios from Basehor, Kansas
Title: Rhode Island Reds
Theme: 100 Years of Agriculture
What is your artwork about? Agriculture is such an important part of daily life from the food I eat, to the clothes I wear, to the fiber art I create. Everything it seems is impacted by agriculture in some way. I chose the Rhode Island Red chicken to symbolize the idea that some things will remain constant and unchanged with the passage of time despite modern advancements. The Rhode Island Red breed was developed in the 1830’s to be a bird with excellent egg laying qualities and also a good meat provider. This breed would be my choice for my backyard.
Materials and techniques used: This cotton panel was painted with fabric paint. The chickens were painted first and then a salt wash was applied to the background. After heat setting the paint, the panel was quilted and bound.
100 Years of Agriculture; Past, Present and Future is supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities programs across Kansas. Find out more at www.kansashumanities.org.
Organized by the International Fiber Collaborative, Inc., aka the Dream Rocket Project in collaboration with the good folks at the Kiowa County Library, Kingman Carnegie Library, Salina Public Library, West Wyandotte Library, and the Kansas State Fair. Learn more about our current project at www.thedreamrocket.com