Quilt Graffiti - What would Emily have written on a quilt?
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"Banner honors veterans in Amherst
By STEPHANIE McFEETERS
AMHERST — Behind each star lies a name and a story of service.
In an effort to honor local veterans, Rebecca Fricke, 48, of Amherst is meticulously stitching blue and gold fabric stars onto a redand- white flag. So far she has about 20 people interested in being represented, and she hopes that number will grow.
“My only criteria: They consider themselves from Amherst and they served in some capacity,” she said, sitting and sewing at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst on a recent afternoon.
The blue stars represent veterans of any era, while the gold stand for those who died in service.
Fricke and fellow members of the Western Massachusetts Fiber Artists are planning an exhibit at the Amherst History Museum that will run from May through September, full of artwork inspired by items in the museum’s collection.
Fricke said she was moved to begin her flag after seeing a World War I service banner made by the North Congregational Church. The flags, which first came into use during that conflict, are traditionally hung in windows to honor a family member serving in war.
“Wouldn’t it be cool if I made a service flag for all of Amherst?” she recalled thinking when she saw the museum piece, noting that more than 500 veterans currently reside in the town."
For the rest of the article please go to the Daily Hampshire Gazette - Wednesday March 23 Section B.
Rebecca Fricke, of Amherst, sews blue and gold stars on a banner to honor veterans last week at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst.
Stephanie McFeeters can be reached at email@example.com.
Daily Hampshire Gazette article - 11-12-15
..."Rebecca Fricke, a legislative aide for State Rep. Ellen Story who is also putting together a fiber arts show for the Amherst Historical Society, told the crowd she plans to honor veterans with the creation of a flag reminiscent of one made by women at the North Congregational Church in Amherst after World War I. That flag has blue fabric stars sewn onto a white field to represent both veterans and those in active service."
After the ceremony on the North Common I went to the VFW and collected about 20 names of Vets who served in Germany, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you for sharing your stories with me while you were signing up for a star. I see a lot of blue stars in my future.
Amherst Veterans Banner
First I would like to start by saying thank you to all the veterans who are here today and those of us who are here to honor and listen to our veterans, as well as all the families and friends who helped to support those who have served.
My name is Rebecca Fricke. I have lived in Amherst for 15 years. I have many jobs, but I am also a fiber artist which means that I make art with fabric. For the last four (or so) years, I have been part of a group of Western Mass fiber artists who work, learn and put together an annual exhibit.
Our next show will be in the spring of 2016 and we will be doing work that relates to objects in the Amherst History Museum collection. For those of you who don’t know, the Amherst History Museum is in the Strong House next to the Jones Library. During my museum tour I was struck by many of the objects I saw, but one of them stood out and that was a banner which was made by the North Congregational Church members to recognize their fellow congregants who served in World War I. On the white and red banner there are twelve blue stars representing men who served during WWI, three blue stars with red crosses representing women who served and two gold stars representing men who died in service.
Seeing the banner started me thinking about the veterans of Amherst who were not part of that congregation. How many of them were there? Were they honored and memorialized? Then I began to think about how hidden our vets can be today. I wondered if I were to make a banner the same size and shape as the one in the museum, and if I sewed blue stars on it to represent all of the veterans from Amherst both living and dead how many stars I would need to sew? Would the flag be full? If I included veterans from all the major conflicts like the Civil War and World War II, would I run out of room and need to make another banner?
A few months ago I asked Steve Connor for help. I asked him, how would I go about getting the number of veterans from Amherst who have served? He said, you start asking people. And so, as of today, I am asking you for help in answering the question - who from Amherst has served?
This is an art project and an exploration of our history. This as a learning project for myself and for the Town of Amherst. This is a project that will develop as I collect names and dates, but I am hoping to have it hanging in the museum by late spring. It won’t necessarily be finished, but I will add on to it as I collect names. If you are interested in having a star sewn on the banner to represent yourself or someone you know, or you are able to help me collect names of Amherst veterans, please come and talk to me after the event.
Amherst Veterans Banner - If you consider yourself “from Amherst” and you served, then I will sew a star for you. For more information please go to Bedscapedesigns.com.
River’s Source, Connecticut River Watershed Council, Greenfield, MA. March 17-April 30.
Skipping Stones and River’s Source, “Rivers’ Flow”, Fiber Artists of Western Mass, Burnett Gallery -December 2 – 29 and Northampton Cooperative Bank – January – February, Amherst, MA, 2014.
Girl Drinking Tea, Family Bed and These Are My Golden Years, “Texture and Substance”, curated by Timna Tarr and Co-founder of Paper City Studios, Nancy Sachs, PCS80 storefront gallery at 80 Race Street in the canal arts district in Holyoke. September 5 – October 11, 2014.
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When Ina Dreams is hanging in this new exhibit!
Down to Sleep
An exhibit curated by Joetta Maue
Chester F. Sidell Gallery
March 1 - April 12, 2013, Opening Reception: March 1, 2013, 5-7pm
The bed is a powerful locale in our daily life - with most of us beginning and ending our day here. We experience our most intimate moments of vulnerability, love, passion, sadness, and weakness here. Most of us begin and end our life in this place that is piled with soft sheets and pillows. As a metaphor we can experience all the most significant emotions of human life in this one simple place of our daily life. This exhibit is work that explores this liminal space with contemporary fiber practices.
Bren Ahearn, Caroline Kirton, Eunkyung Lee Hagar Vardimon, Jenne Giles, Jen Pettus, Jody Oesterreicher, Julia Elsas, Karri A Dieken, Kristin La Flamme, Laura Bisagna, Laura Mongiovi, Marissa Fisher, Marissa Lehner, Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne, Maureen E Patrick, Micha Michelle Melancon, Michelle Urbanek, Paula Chung, Rebecca Fricke, Sabina Hahn, Sherry Aliberti, Susan Lenz, Susan Moss, Tamar Stone, Tom Whitton
As part of the planning for This is a Quilt! SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Assoc) arranged for 50 (out of 260something) pieces to become part of the permanent collection at the Michigan State University Museum. They engaged gallerist Michael Solomon to select those pieces. The pieces will go to the Michigan State University Museum at the close of the trunk show travels. AND MY Quilt is one of the 50!!! Too bad I forgot to take a photo of it before I sent it off.... oh well. The one pctured here is made in the same style with the same cloth.
If you would like to read more AND see my quilt photo you can go to this link: http://www.saqa.com/about.php?ID=1911
of you who are local - the TWIST fair is coming up on November 11th and 12th!