|Sonnet XIV 1998 79" w x 89" h A quilt made to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary |
The front of the piece includes text by Margaret Atwood.
Many people ask me if I feel isolated. I usually answer 'yes', because Manitoulin island is so far away from larger centers in Canada and we live very privately here. However, I don't think isolation is necessarily a bad thing for an artist. I really do love solitude. I'm reassured to read Nancy Crow's comments about being alone. "I like it. I love it. I love being by myself. I happen to believe that the more solitude you have, the more you're able to delve inside and find those rich levels of ability that are fresh. Otherwise you're allowing all this chattering constantly coming at you and you can never reach that part of yourself."
|The reverse of Sonnet XIV 1998. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet XIV is quoted|
one of the sonnets she wrote for her husband Robert Browning
I make two sided cloth wall pieces that are large enough to cover two persons. Thousands of hand stitches are used not only to quilt the layers together, but also to embellish the work with embroidery.
Production is slow and I finish about two a year. I am currently exploring the metaphor of the quilt as a protective covering.