When I revised Living On The Earth,
I mailed Rose and George copies of the pages in the
fabric and crafts sections of the book, which they
corrected according to their expertise in these fields.
Visiting their home, I am happy to share their art with
you, so that you can see the authority with which they
Eight hair pins carved by George Wright
from wood, bamboo,
and mastodon ivory. I bought the one on the far right in
The little rattlesnake in the center has a face with eyes
and diamond shapes carved into his back.
The quilted sign outside Rose's studio.
She makes and sells quilts on commission, but derives
most of her income quilting patchworks created by others
on a long arm quilting machine.
Rose at work on a quilt made by a
community member. She also teaches quilting and
restores antique quilts. She taught clothing design for
eleven years at Maui Community College,
designed costumes for the Maui Community Theater, and
made wedding gowns for
a gown rental company on Maui, and recently completed her
Masters in Art with a
thesis that included many of the quilts shown below.
Star Sampler, a set of four self-portraits
in star-shaped frames.
Rose's quilts are machine-pieced, machine-appliqued and
and made of commercial, hand-dyed, and hand-painted
photo transfer, disperse-dye transfer on polyester, dye
pastels, and oil sticks.
Wanting to Please, inwhich childhood
photographs of the artist
transferred onto fabric are framed by the patchwork
Fractured in Red, another of Rose's
series of self-portraits,
which she says is about the disorientation of moving to a
Angel of Hopes and Dreams
Rose says this was her wish talisman for a new home in
and, I say, therefore to blame for the disorientation of
Fractured in Red.
She seems pretty happy with her new home now.
Vitality, from the Mango Series
Inner Strength, another from the Mango
Charm to Protect Against Rock Fever
("rock fever" is a local slang term from
a desire to get off the island and do something else)
Rest Stop on the Wheel of Fortune
The borders, a classic Hawaiian quilting pattern
papaya fruit and leaves, enclose two traditional American
Mariner's Compass and Flying Geese.
I slept under one of Rose's new quilts
in her guest room.