I-375 – Holes In My Memory

I-375 – Holes In My Memory

Donna Hudson
Seattle, WA    USA

Width: 34.5"   Length: 33.5"

Techniques: Machine pieced and quilted, couched threads, tulle. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.

Artist Statement: Dedicated to Grandma Esther.

"My thoughts – they’re not as clear as they used to be. There are threads through a fog of gray. They lack precision. There are still some bright moments, but things are foggy and off-kilter. What really scares me are the holes."

This is what I think Alzheimer’s is like. Grandma had it; Dad’s scared of being diagnosed with it. So I’ve tried staying informed, reading up on symptoms and disease progression. I hope I’m not in line for it and that research makes significant progress as I age.

The quilt is predominantly low contrast to represent unclear thoughts. The couching threads were deliberately made to show tension. Tension “shows” in Alzheimer’s families. The bright spots are good days. The tulle holes are fuzzy, empty places.

About The Artist: Donna is a fabric artist in love with color and form. She started doing traditional quilts (after life as a database engineer) and discovered the joy of contemporary fabrics and original design. This is the first time her work was exhibited nationally.

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 $145 for the AAQI.