Reflections of the Heart through Time and Space
20” x 28”
Fifty five years span the time between the black and white photo of my 4 year old self, taken with a “Brownie” box camera, and the jpg. digitals of the places featured in the quilt. They are from the southeast corner of England in Kent, right on the English Channel across from Calais in France. Three of the fabric photos are of my hometown of Ramsgate, one of which is on the street where I was born and lived to age 8. The other three are of the neighbouring town of Broadstairs where I spent 5 years of my adolescence at boarding school. The 4 year old existed in this landscape and wandered these streets and seafronts many times alone, as growing up it was a very safe and wonderful place to explore. I also walked these landscapes with a beloved grandmother and with school friends. These are places of my childhood, revisited several times over the years, mostly on my own and most recently in the fall of 2006 with my husband, when the photos used here where taken. They are places of the heart, revisited frequently in memory and often on google earth, while seated at my computer.
In the quilt landscape I move through time and space, I have changed but the places have remained essentially intact. They existed before I existed and they will be there when I am no longer.