TRACI MOLLOY, PROJECT DESIGNER
"Campers were invited to participate in a special tapestry project entitled, Quilt Slam 2003: Through Their Eyes. This project, which I worked on with assistance from Dr. Bruce St. Thomas and the staff from the Center for Grieving Children, brought the entire camp community together to celebrate the loved ones who had been lost, as well as the new friends and memories that had been made.
The 35'x5' tapestry is comprised of nearly 300 squares that tell unique stories of loss, love, and hope. Every child at camp created at least one square, as did many of the staff. Quilt squares could be made in memory of the person lost, about themselves, about family, about something they wished to celebrate in connection to the person who was lost, about camp, or about something of pride. Each square tells a unique story. Some are playful pieces about camp activities. Others are celebratory squares, mentioning personal accomplishments made at camp or at school. Several serve as tributes to heroic fathers with proudly displayed badge numbers or firehouse units. A few specifically depict the events of September 11, while others convey much more personal memories like the stripes on a father's shirt, the loved one's initials, representations of heaven, and a poem to convey feelings when a picture could not do them justice. The tapestry conveys a powerful message about the children's complex realities. Like their personal histories, the quilt is joyous, sorrowful, appreciative, angry and optimistic all at the same time."
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