Cathey LaBonte

On Brave Wings She Flies in Her Fierce Battle Against the Thief of Her Mobility

Local Color Artist - Cathey LaBonte
On Brave Wings She Flies in Her Fierce Battle Against the Thief of Her Mobility (Full), © Cathey LaBonte

 

Local Color Artist - Cathey LaBonte
On Brave Wings She Flies in Her Fierce Battle Against the Thief of Her Mobility (Detail), © Cathey LaBonte

The development of my work is not a linear process, but rather flows organically, slowly surrounding me as it evolves into a full-fledged concept. With the theory in hand comes the exciting process of how best to execute the ethereal notion. Colors textures, innovative techniques, and processes are auditioned and then compiled.

Constant comparisons, my camera, and sketchbook are at hand no matter where I am.  I have realized that inspiration can be found everywhere; I incorporate these creative sparks into pattern, color, and attitude.

The piece, “On Brave Wings She Flies in Her Fierce Battle Against the Thief of Her Mobility”, started with white cotton. I hand dyed it in soft colors to denote muscle cells. and then overlaid the fabric with randomly torn cheesecloth to portray deteriorating muscle fibers.  Machine quilting completed the art.

My inspiration for this quilt is my sister’s 8-year-old granddaughter Naomi, who was diagnosed 3 years ago with Bethlem Myopathy Muscular Dystrophy. I want to bring awareness to the disease, hoping to spur more research, and I will donate all sale proceeds of this quilt to the Allentown, PA Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Walk in Naomi’s name.

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