The theme for this exhibition was "The Romance of Words" because 2011 is the 200 year anniversary of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility". We were told that we could take a literal or a lateral interpretation of the theme and as the exhibition is "In the Spotlight" I decided I had best try to do something using my usual style even though it didn't immediately lend itself to 'Romance'.
My initial plan had been to call the piece 'Inland Coastal Waters' and to put the words of the Shipping Forecast along the pebbles. Not very romantic I know but I have spent many a sleepless night listening to said forecast and visualising the romance of sailing around these shores. Not such a strange idea as it might seem, as I did quite a bit of sailing in a previous life.
Sadly, back in March, while the quilt was in the beginning stages of construction, a very good friend of mine passed away. It was at this time that I first heard this poem. It summed up perfectly the way that Kath, my friend, lived her life. She was a wife and mother, a singer and a painter, and she also cared passionately about the environment. She lived her life just as the poem suggests.
It seemed fitting to use these words here and I have dedicated this quilt to Kath's memory.
I have called it "Cherish" taken from the line "friends to cherish".
The poem "Dust if you Must" is by Rose Milligan.
Ironically, I have spent so much time on this quilt my house is dire need of some dusting and cleaning!
P.S. There are more pictures in my previous post.