To see the design of this window, click the image and if you want to see it better then click the enlargement. The photo was taken a midday with very bright sun on the trees outside the window.
The window was designed and made by Patrick Todoroff and installed in the library of the Sturgis Charter School on Main Street in Hyannis, Massachusetts. It is a memorial for a teacher who died a bit less than a year ago; she taught English, wrote poetry, was a trained and talented actress and had most resently authored a proposal for and recieved and important grant for the school. Patrick and I, as well as my daughter Rachel as well as a couple of teachers were in a poetry writing and discussion group with Gretchen Bunschen. The glass panel includes a portion of a Stanley Kunitz poem that we discussed [the poem is much longer than this excerpt:
"Live in the layers, not on the litter." Though I lack the art to decipher it, no doubt the next chapter in my book of transformations is already written. I am not done with my changes.
Kunitz wrote this poem when he was in his late 70s, he lived into his 90s. It is sad that Gretchen only lived to 71. She was a lovely, intelligent, elegant and fascinating woman. A window in a library that will change with the light, with the seasonal changes of the trees behind the window seems a very appropriate memorial for such a person.
This strip quilt was made using drier sheet as the foundation. This quick and easy method is always fun because I can choose exactly which piece comes next but will always be surprised when I put several together and see the patterns formed.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!