Something More Magical Than It Ever Was log cabin quilt, light and dark pattern, recycled family clothing and silk with photo transfers and sequins, machine pieced, hand quilted, 90" x 90" , 1991
I turned 40 in 1991 and had a solo show in the Thunder Bay art gallery that year. I showed the calendar series and this quilt in that show. It’s a piece about memory. Listening to my twelve year old daughter talk about her own childhood made me realize that people remember the way they want to. I was there after all, and remembered her childhood too. Back of Something More Magical ... disperse dye transfer, satin, cotton, embroidery The piece uses the clothing from our Thunder Bay time, when the older children were babies and one of the photo transfers is of Jay learning to walk. I made the quilt when we lived in Kenora, about the beautiful feelings I had for Thunder Bay but in reality our life had not been perfect. Ned was searching for his vocation and our family lived in a converted garage. I remembered what I wanted to remember. We all do. I finished a part time degree in Fine Art from Lakehead University during our time in Kenora. I graduated in 1993, and that same year we moved to Manitoulin Island. Studying fine art gave me sanity and a purposeful creative outlet in that mothering time of my life. I loved learning. I felt validated by my studies. I felt that my own experience as a creative woman with children was worth communicating AND that it was worth communicating with textile artwork.