Boston and Central Park Tapestry Landscapes

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I’m a self-taught embroidery artist, with a few years experience only, but my Master’s degree in Environmental Conservation Education from NYU has been a big inspiration and motivation in my work. I’m fascinated by Frederick Law Olmsted’s personal story – I identify with his struggles and his passions – and I have been using my embroidery to draw attention to the lasting impacts of his work. His work literally changed the face of America, absolutely for the better. Next April is his 200th birth anniversary, and I think now is the time to assess how his designs work for our society today, or not. Even if I were not historically a hardcore advocate for urban gardens, for the access they give us to nature, and the community they create, I would still be arguing for more garden plots within Olmsted’s landscapes. The price of food has climbed faster in the last 10 years than in any decade since World War II, and our increasingly unstable climate necessitates large scale, decentralized garden projects across America. I believe that will be the best way to prop up our food security, and to track local and national trends in weather and crops. 

I’m fascinated by Frederick Law Olmsted’s personal story – I identify with his struggles and his passions – and I have been using my embroidery to draw attention to the lasting impacts of his work

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Clara Bowe

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Boston and Central Park Tapestry Landscapes

  • Cynthia Oee

    Wow!! How many hours did you put on this art?

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