Art Quilt Elements
AQE 2024 Artist

Laurel Izard


Mad Bear

Hand-embroidered and Painted Vintage Baby Blanket

32” x 24″


Mad Bear is part of my American Childhood series. Each piece starts with a Mid-Century baby quilt and investigates the huge contrast between the cute and sweet images we surround infants with and the violent realities of life today. This quilt shows cute teddy bears in contrast with an angry polar bear representing the harsher realities of a natural world that is currently facing intense pressures from land loss, climate change, and degradation of the environment.