So I have been re-visiting the artists featured in the Fiber Arts International exhibit realizing that I did not really research all of them and am shocked it took me to so long to get to Kathie Webb as her work was hands down one of my favorites.
Kathie's work is emotionally powerful, technically gorgeous, conceptually revealing and all in all simply wonderful.
Most of Kathie's work deals with the everyday experience, which is of course why I am drawn to it. However, her everyday is a little different then most people as she is the mother of a severely disabled daughter, Kaitlin. Her work documents the everyday experiences of Kaitlin and her family as they care for her. The honest and real images that she works from is inspiring and courageous.
Kathie's statement is very well written, honest, and poignant in her words. Here is a taste:
Historically, women have used embroidery as a creative outlet for coping with the challenges of life. On towels and tablecloths, reflections of household chores and alphabets for learning were carefully stitched. This pastime was a common part of women’s domestic life....
I love how on her website she documents the "Road to MFA" and how that road means you are literally stitching EVERYWHERE to get it all done. I was that way myself and part of me misses that frantic stitching.
I simply love. I am planning on interviewing her for my regular feature at Mr. X Stitch and look forward to learning more about her work. You can see more here.