Sunday, June 1, 2008
Just Starting 1940's Art Quilt
[Thank you to Hopper for use of his photo: A blue Tzdaka Box used to collect charity money to send to the support of Israel. You can see it at the bottom middle of the quilt. My mother had a box just like this one in our hallway closet on a high shelf.]
Our art gallery is having a show in July called:
Life In The 40s, America's Greatest Generation.
I have started my piece by gathering photos and a letter of this era.
The letter was written in 1940 by my DH's Great Grandmother to his father, and she talks about her fears of the war in England at the time (1940). My father-in-law was in the US military and met my husband's mother in Germany, where she worked for him as a translator. He helped in the interrogation of German war criminals. My uncle, was also in the US military and he went to the Pacific, to Guam. He too married in 1945 to my mother's sister in CA. So War Brides is part of this piece. Other photos include my grandparents, and my immediate family in 1942-1944.
I found a piece of fabric at a garage sale this weekend with the printed rings on it that I believe depict matrimony in traditional quilts. I also got two small American flags at a thrift store. A Yellow Star to depict the ones Jews were ordered to wear and to note the Holocaust and the liquidation of the extermination camps. I will add an Israeli flag for Israels' gaining statehood in 1948, something my family supported.
I hope it will all come together well. We shall see.
This is more of a collage than a true art quilt.