Cricket in the Thorn Tree
8.5″ x 10.25″
In honor of Gloria Page
Leandra Spangler of Bear Creek Paperworks has donated a VERY unique and wonderful “quilt” to the Invitational Reverse Auction of Fiberart. Leandra is very well-known for her contemporary vessels of reed forms covered with highly textured handmade paper.
Cricket in the Thorn Tree features a removable book with an original drawing on artist-made paper of abaca, okra and day lily mounted on folio of vintage fabric and paste paper. Part of the stream of consciousness text explains the title of the artwork:
Helen Suzman died January 1, 2009 in Johannesburg. For 13 years – from 1961 to 1974 – she was the sole representative in Parliament of the liberal Progressive Party, forerunner of the Democratic Party.
During her parliamentary career she was hailed as apartheid’s most effective parliamentary critic and a thorn in the flesh of the NP government. This earned her the accolade “cricket in the thorn tree”. This quilt honors Helen Suzman and others of strong conviction who fight for their beliefs.
The removable book is held secure with appliqued “thorns” of fabric and copper wire. Materials include vintage fabric, fusible webbing, handmade paper, paste paper, card stock, Sharpie, copper wire, sewing thread, museum board, brass rings, waxed linen.
The Invitational Reverse Auction is March 24-26 with all donations being made directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause. More details here.