Oil spreading.

My Oil and Water piece is progressing in an organic way.  I don’t think I will know what it will look like until it is completely finished.  The colors and patterns are forming after looking at a number of photos of this man-made disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

As always, I have delved into my worm bin and have been able to use many precut wool strips. My goal isn’t to make a pretty picture. That would be impossible and a disservice to such a monumental environmental disaster. I’m even using a piece of primitive linen that had another design on the opposite side and some of the hooking done.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Things are pretty busy around here these days.  Tomorrow a group of Magdalena Rug Hookers and I will be hanging our rug show at the Landis House in Newport, PA. The show, titled Modern Magdalena,  opens on Friday, August 10th and runs through the beginning of November.  The main theme of the exhibit is angels.  We have had fun interpreting the many kinds of angels all around us.

And then I leave for Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village next Monday.  I can’t wait to get there and rub elbows with so many excited and talented hookers.  Nancy Parcels and I will be volunteering to help out at the Rug Hooking Magazine booth with Deb Smith, so do stop and say hello if you’re there.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the busy times of rug hooking activities.

Oil and Water in progress. 

Oil and Water in progress. 

Oil and Water.

There are natural disasters such as the Hawaiian volcano eruption and lava flow that I depicted in my recent piece, Pele Speaks, and then there are man-made disasters. 

My new piece for the Mother Earth Speaks series is titled, Oil and Water, and represents the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

On April 20, 2010 an explosion caused the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven people.  The BP pipe on the ocean floor gushed oil and gas for 87 days and released an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil causing untold devastation on that region.

Some of the oil floated to the surface of the ocean, forming oil slicks, which spread by being pushed by winds. Some oil hovered, suspended, in the mid-water after rising from the wellhead. This oil mixed with dispersant, which, instead of breaking up the oil so it could wash away, allowed the oil to mix with seawater and stay suspended below the surface. About twenty percent of the oil sank to the ocean floor, damaging deep-sea corals and other ecosystems.

Of course many animals were impacted by this oil spill; fish, pelicans, turtles, dolphins, seabirds, to name just some.  I’m sure you remember the photos of animals covered with oil.  It had, and continues to have, a serious environmental impact in that area.

The overwhelming devastation of this man-made disaster made it difficult to design a hooked piece.  There was too much to depict, so I chose to hook a surface oil spill.  This piece will need added fibers after the hooking is finished.  I hope you will follow along.

There’s a lot of beauty out there, which needs to be protected.

Having a good stash is crucial when planning a new piece. 

Having a good stash is crucial when planning a new piece.