Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Potato Blight

I must admit that I had never heard the word BLIGHT before. Just when I decided to start doing a research, an American friend told me that her ancestors emigrated from Ireland due to the so called Great Famine or Irish Potato Famine. The proximate cause of famine was a potato disease commonly known as potato blight.

I have been doing a lot of flour paste resist dyeing lately, and so I thought hmmm, I could do this also using potato dextrin. And so I decided to make some fabrics using potatoes in various ways: potato stamps (like we did in preschool…), photos of potatoes which I altered in Photoshop and text about the Great Irish Famine printed on cloth. Cotton. Machine pieced and machine quilted.


  1. my favorit colors, one of my favorit technic, and I'm the only one of my family, but I love potatoes! Great work!

  2. I love this idea and how you used the potato to create the images as well. Wow.

  3. I love your take on this. Nicely executed, too.