Catherine Whall Smith

Storm Coming

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© Catherine Shall Smith, Storm Coming, detail
© Catherine Shall Smith, Storm Coming, detail

The picture for this piece was taken while traveling on Route 66 through Hebron, CT. To me, it told the story of the vulnerable nature of our surroundings. As the storm approaches do these plastic covered hay bales find safety in the large orange metal wagons, or do they wait out the storm?

Lyme Disease / Babosia Strain

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© Catherine Smith, Lyme Disease Babosia Strain, full

 

© Catherine Smith, Lyme Disease Babosia Strain, detail
© Catherine Smith, Lyme Disease Babosia Strain, detail

Days before leaving for a two-week family vacation at the beach, I became deathly ill and was diagnosed with Lyme disease including the Babesiosis strain. The cure was three antibiotics (one referred to as yellow paint) taken several times a day over a month. The thought of taking even Tylenol makes me twitch, so this much medication made me cranky and a bit lethargic.

My SAVIOR was this quilt. Unable to spend time in the sun due to the meds, I focused on hand quilting this piece with over 68,000 stitches. The pulsing lines and colors reminded me of being infected with Lyme disease.

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