Denise Kovnat – Harriet Tubman Dreams of the North Star

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  • 3rd Place: $150

Harriet Tubman was nicknamed “Moses” for her leadership and courage in guiding some 70 people from slavery in the South to freedom in Canada. They traveled on foot, at night, pursued by slave catchers and guided by the North Star. Her dreams and visions inspired her — and her spirit inspired this piece, with motifs in the shape of stars, in colors that begin with the reds of hell, the dark browns of the woods, and the blacks of night, and then shift northward and upward to the blue skies of freedom. Tubman spent her retirement years in Auburn, NY, near my home in Rochester.


Warp painting, natural dyeing, 28-shaft double weave on an extended parallel threading, beading, sewing


47″ high by 19″ wide, 2-dimensional


24/3 cotton, wool/stainless-steel yarn, MX fiber-reactive dyes, beads (including seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and African trade beads), fine black chains. Also, naturally-dyed cotton backing, fusible interfacing, and Velcro for hanging.


Louet Megado compudobby loom, 28 shafts

  • Timothy Fuss