Bossier City, LA USA
Width: 9" Length: 12"
Materials/Techniques: Eco dyed raw silk, muslin, and cheese cloth, eco leaf prints with beading, hand and machine quilting. I used buttonhole stitching for a bamboo skewer type hanging method.
Artist Statement: As I was embroidering the eco printed leaf outlines, I thought of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem, "Spring and Fall." Our loved ones are "unleaving" and it is "[ourselves] we mourn for."
Spring and Fall: To a young child
Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow's springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.
Dedication: In memory of my father.
This quilt has a Plain Back.
This quilt earned $60 for the AAQI.