Title: Dreaming the Sunset Date
Dimensions: 54"h x 49"w x ¼"d
silk charmeuse, acid silk dyes, iridescent silk chiffon, polyester batting, rhinestones, metallic embroidery thread, rayon and polyester threads.
California water rights evolved differently from those of the east because mining was one of the first activities in the state. They are based on the doctrine of prior appropriation: water rights are acquired when a person first uses water for a recognized purpose and the rights are for a specified amount of water rather than a percentage of available water. During times of drought, the person with the earliest appropriation date uses their full amount, then the next oldest claim is satisfied and so on until the water source is dried up. One can see that as the population of the west increases that this method is not sustainable in the long term as newcomers can be entirely deprived of water in times of drought. There's an adjective in government law called sunset which requires that certain laws or bills come to an end after a specified period of time and this is my dream that there is a sunset date on some of our antiquated water laws.
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Techniques: Silk Painting, fusing, trapunto, machine quilting, hand stitching
September 1 - October 27, 2006 Taking a Stand: Voices in Fiber, Translations Gallery, Denver, CO
June 21 - 24, 2006 Expo Magic Quilt, Lyon, France
September 9 - December 23, 2005, Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Art Quilts, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
October 2004, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA.
January 12 - March 1, 2004 No Swimming, Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA.