Women’s PPE: Wound Care 2, 2020
Embroidered and stiffened cotton, found domestic textiles
Cloth, Needle and Stitch: A Keeper’s Quilt / June 6 – 11, 2021
These sculptural breastplates of women’s personal protective equipment (PPE) present a visual testament to the resilience of women during trying times. Somehow, amidst challenges and difficulties, we manage to clothe ourselves in an armor of fortitude, preserve a sense of humor and perspective, and then face forward. Afterall, women are so often the heavy lifters for real and sustainable change.
Helen Geglio received her BFA in studio art from the University of Michigan and also holds an MS in education from Indiana University. In her work as an artist, she creates fiber and mixed media artworks, and has been represented in local, regional and national exhibits. Most recently her work has been selected for Artist as Quiltmaker 2020, Fantastic Fibers 2020, Quilts=Art=Quilts 2019 and Quilt National 2019.
“I often use old, repurposed materials and enjoy the idea of working with fibers that have passed through other, sometimes unknown, hands. The connection between women, work and textiles is a recurring theme in my art work. To construct my quilts, the fabrics are embroidered, layered, sometimes altered with dyes and resists, appliqued to a pieced or whole cloth backing and then quilted together with more hand stitching.”