I-374 – Fading Memories

I-374 – Fading Memories

Linda Cooper
Burke, VA    USA

Width: 38"   Length: 31"

Techniques: Hand painted fabric, raw edge appliqué, machine quilting, beads. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.

Artist Statement: I tried to depict the fading reality that Alzheimer's brings. The flowers in the center and their surroundings are almost indistinguishable from one another. I painted the background with somber colors with brief splashes of brightness. The daylilies and free-cut stems are raw-edge machine appliquéd.

In the borders I've quilted sections of normal neurons with occasional damaged nerves with the beaded amyloid plaques, seen in the disease pathology.

The floral images are also in memory of my mother and grandmother who loved their gardens and loved growing beautiful flowers until Alzheimer's took away that ability.

About The Artist: Linda’s family has endured her quilting obsession for 20 years. She credits many of her quilting abilities to her guild, Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia, and to the wonderful quilt teachers and workshops is has sponsored.

History: This quilt was part of "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece," a 54-quilt traveling exhibit about Alzheimer's, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). The exhibit traveled from August 2006 until October 2010 when the exhibit retired.

"Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" was shown at 49 venues in 31 states. More than 300,000 people had an opportunity to see this exhibit and learn about Alzheimer's. You can read comments about this extraordinary exhibit here. Many of the quilts are mentioned by name.

The quilts which traveled as part of "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" were loaned to the AAQI to be returned to the artists at the conclusion of the exhibit. Twenty quilts, including this one, were donated to the AAQI by their makers. We are grateful for the opportunity to offer these quilts at auction and thank their makers sincerely for their donations.

This quilt earned $310 for the AAQI.