Ancestral Rice Growing – Cathey LaBonte

by Dick Wilbur on June 17, 2016

Ancestral Rice Growing

Cathey A. LaBonte – Moosup, Connecticut


Artist’s Statement

My intent in this quilt is to visually communicate the importance of clean, fresh water for growing rice, a staple in the diet of many people around the world. My piece is inspired by “Ancestral Rice Growing” and influenced by my Pacific Islander heritage as well as the knowledge that my foremothers were involved in the rice farming work.

Beginning with white fabric subsequently dyed and painted, I transformed it into the piece before you. The woman’s hat is woven using traditional methods. I believe a piece is not complete until it conveys the essence of the artist.

Ancestral Rice - Cathey LaBonte

Ancestral Rice Growing – Cathey LaBonte

Artist’s Biography

My leap from quilter to art quilter to mixed media fiber artist started approximately 10 years ago. The development of my art transformation started with workshops from famous quilters, and then moved on to semesters of Surface Design and art classes at the Rhode Island School of Design.
My work and training as a civil engineer has assisted me in thinking of how best to execute assorted colors, textures, innovative techniques, materials, and processes. I frequently start with white fabric, then dye, paint, and transform it into the exact vision in my mind’s eye.

Ancestral Rice - Detail

Ancestral Rice Growing – Detail


I have exhibited in galleries, shows, and museums, and have many pieces in private collections throughout the Northeast United States.




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