Catherine Whall Smith . . . wonders “Did YOU do it!”

So did you get that extra hour of sleep after setting back your clocks??? Getting one extra hour for me usually means an extra hour in my studio. Though I should probably use the extra hour to finish up the last of my Chaplin House series. But, I felt the urge to start another piece in my “Transfusion” series. The fabrics have been waiting in a plastic container for a few weeks now – so it is time to start throwing fabrics on my design wall – and create the “unknown”. I will keep you posted on how that goes.

UP-DATE: Chaplin Public Library: “Where’s Hillary” shown below is on display along with a (12×12) of the Merchant Shop, a composite structure with a back wing that was originally a merchant shop.

Before the 2008 Election, I started working on this piece that I thought would celebrate the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democrats Presidential candidate. History changed my focus when Barack Obama became the nominee. Thus the completed piece shown above was appropriately titled “Where’s Hillary”*, all of our former presidents were pictured on this piece – but where was Hillary?

At that time I also tried to document my stitching by approximating the number of hand stitches in each piece.  Basically I do about 13 hand stitches per inch – so measuring the piece (48H x 54W) and counting the rows side to side – I came up with approximate total stitch count of 49,218 hand-stitches in “Where’s Hillary”! After making “Where’s Hillary” – years later for the next presidential election I decided to create “Here’s Hillary”.  I imagined it as a true RED, WHITE, and BLUE patriotic piece. The color RED has taken center stage. And then there are those RED lips talking, talking, talking like the debates – what are they saying. “Here’s Hillary” (shown below) hangs in the Library along with a (12 x12) of the Old Store @ 46 Chaplin Street.

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Another thing I am Counting: – the number of days till the November ELECTION.

So what are you counting?

Finally this quote by the editor of Art New England hits home ” I will close with a reminder to vote in November. Vote as if the democracy of the United States depended on it . Oh wait it does. And after voting wear that “I Voted” sticker proudly.” Tim Montgomery publisher pg. 15 Art New England Sept/Oct 2022.

Stay Safe and VOTE!!! – Smith Stitch Studio


About Catherine Whall Smith

Fiber Artist working with contemporary textiles.
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