Kathryn Pellman

Los Angeles, CA2



Artist Information for Kathryn Pellman

Kathryn Pellman is an artist, fashionista, quilter, cook, baker, gardener and storyteller.  Her whimsical quilts combine fashion and quilting along with her passions to create single frame cartoon stories that invoke fashion illustration and feature mostly long limbed and knobby kneed female figures she calls fashionistas.  She describes her semi-autobiographical quilts as a celebration and exploration of women and femininity.  Her newest series, Angry Women, is how she expresses her feelings about issues that impact all of us as Americans.  Her quilts have been exhibited throughout the United States and published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and American Quilter.  Kathryn is the coauthor of Backart -- On the Flip Side.

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Without A Home

Without A Home88" x 57"   Photo by Johanna Wissler

We need affordable housing and we need it now.

Writing On Dress:

The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count determined that there are 57,794 individuals experiencing homelessness in the County of Los Angeles on any given night, 42,828 who go unsheltered.  They literally live on the street.  Housing First places homeless individuals into apartments not temporary shelter and provides them with customized services.  In the world's richest nation, homelessness on this scale should be shameful and shocking.  Most Angelenos are uncomfortable, irritated, disgusted, scared or oblivious.  The homeless in LA are not who you think they are.  The mentally ill account for about a third of the homeless.  A greater proportion of people living on the streets are there because of bad luck or a series of mistakes, or because the economy forgot them.  Over the last six years, rent for a one-bedroom apartment has increased 67%.  Median household income increased 23%. Median household income increased 23%.  Los Angeles has to allow construction.  A lot of it.  A city cannot say it is full.    Los Angeles' homeless crisis is a national disgrace.  Mayor Garcetti and Los Angeles City Council what's your plan?  Quotes from LA Times series Without a Home, 2018.

Writing on Right Leg:

Over 553,000 people experience homeless in the US on any given night.  Over 10% live in LA County.  Meg Shimatsu, Ioan Lonita, Floarea Salagian, Samuel Raymond, Penny Baden, Lazarus, April Jane, Moody Tanksley are without a home.

Writing on Left Leg:

Without A Home, a quilt by Kathryn Alison Pellman 2018.  Edie, Ruby, DJMeek, Andrew Hudson, Kara Miller, Stafford Wilson, Bradley Breest, Joryelle Maragen, Brenda, Manuel Martinez, Liz Mendoza, Jack Harten, Sebastian, Nadia are without a home.

Angry Nasty Woman Fights Back

Angry Nasty Woman Fights Back62" x 40"   Photo by Johanna Wissler

What started as a rant about the election made me want to express how much I care about our country, our values and freedom.  I deliberately left out the reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance as it was added in 1954 and I believe, although not backed up by any facts that I am aware of, that it was the start of the current religious interference in our government.  The writing on the legs is a stream of consciousness and the words coming out of the head are brain chatter (everything she is worried about).

Writing on dress:

The United States of America est 1776 I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all The United States of America est 1776 Our Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances The United States of America established 1776 I pledge allegiance…

Writing on legs:

Nasty angry women fight back nasty angry women protest nasty angry women love their country…

Writing on hair:

Stop racism; save roe v. wade; protect immigrants LBGTQ rights; economic equality

End Gun Violence

End Gun Violence58" x 39"   Photo by Johanna Wissler

Shooting people should not be an American sport. Coincidentally, I was looking online for fabric with gun imagery Sunday evening, October 1 shortly before the shooting in Las Vegas and ordered my fabric on Monday. I think the statistics say it all -- 11,000 people die from gun violence in America each year.

The writing on the dress has the Second Amendment along with gun death statistics; the legs have the names of victims; the hair the names of mass shootings.

Resist Persist Create Advise for Troubled Times

Resist Persist Create Advise for Troubled Times41" x 32"   Photo by Johanna Wissler

Resist, persist, create has become my personal mantra for coping with the Trump administration and the Republican control of government as well as my personal life. The flying coffee paraphernalia, paint and burning candles are included for a drips and splatters quilt exhibit theme; bulldogs drool and who knows what the chickens and cat will do.  The stack of quilts is a "found" poem -- 

Carry On
Cotton + Steel
beat depression

To Hillary Clinton with Gratitude

To Hillary Clinton with Gratitude60" x 40"   Photo by Johanna Wissler

My thank you to Hillary Clinton.  Her jacket contains some of her quotes; her pants, her campaign slogan -- stronger together.