Monday, July 2, 2007

Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece

Just came back from the Vermont Quilt Festival, where I visited my piece, Trying to Remember. It has toured for two years now with Forgetting Piece by Piece: The Alzheimer's Quilt Initiative.

I have the book but seeing the works in person felt so different. Though the pieces were crowded (some hung so close that the descriptive cards overlapped their edges), they created an area of calm in the huge barn. People stopped to read. They looked, talked, looked again. Elsewhere the quilts celebrated technical mastery and sweet nostalgia, but here grief was shared. They created an oasis of caring. The Burlington Free Press sent a reporter, who did a fine job.

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