"Perhaps the most spectacular single piece and story belong to Mary Ann Schildnecht. While serving a two-year jail sentence in Milan on a hashish-smuggling charge, Mary Ann was taught to embroider by the nuns. One day she decided to embroider a whole shirt so she tore her bed sheets into pieces of the right size and started at the sun. She then worked to the left side-the sky, the trees, the forest scene, the Road to the Sun. 'That's fine and dandy,' she thought, 'but I need a house. It might as well be a castle for parties and...the hole in the other sleeve is for a transfusion if I ever need one, the peacock on the back is because we need animals, and the psychedelic sleeve is because I didn't want to think.'"
-from Native Funk and Flash, by Alexandra Jacopetti with Photographs by Jerry Wainright
Hello. I am an author/illustrator of children's books and the designer/owner of stadler-Kahn textiles. I'm hoping this site will be like a little tour of my brain. All work, art and writing, unless otherwise noted, is by me.
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