By KT Bothwell, Sarah Bugosh Conklin, and Pamela Cowie Patrick from Huntsville, AL
Dream Theme: Community
Title of Panel; “Breath from the Earth”
What is the story behind your panel?
“We all collaborated together on “Breath from the Earth”, their submission for the Dream Rocket Project. This group of women — a daughter, a friend, and a mother — feel passionately about the joy and value that the process of CREATING brings to their lives. To them every day brings opportunities to be creative; planning and cooking family dinners; crafting a bedtime story from childhood memories; sewing clothes that family members will wear; and producing elaborate projects made as gifts. Creating brings joy to their lives! The theme of this panel evolved organically as they met over six evenings together; eating, sharing, laughing and sewing. They started out wanting to represent the value, role and hope of community in their lives. They tried to represent all the influences in each woman’s community; how diverse they were and how each woman’s community shaped the person she is today. Each of these women realized a real connection to the outdoors — to the beauty of Earth. A PBS special on the National Parks and John Muir’s musings on nature helped shape the panel into a visual representation of an outdoor scene.
It was important to them to use recycled items in their panel. The fabrics and embellishments used were from remnants the artists had in their possession, most having sentimental meaning; a “yo-yo” quilt piece and crochet square from two grandmothers, a scrap of child’s favorite romper, a draganfly pendant for a mother, a piece of someone’s nightgown.
To complete the motif, each woman chose a quote to frame the panel. Finally each woman had the members of her “community” sign the back of the panel in a literal expression of the community members each “flying high” on the Dream Rocket.
Coincidentally, one of the women’s neighbors who signed the panel moved here as a young woman when her husband came from Germany to work on Werner Von Braun’s team! She asked to add an Alabama cotton stalk she grew to the piece that would fly high on the Saturn V. KT, Sarah and Pam thank their families who gave them the time and space to work on this Dream Panel and their communities for inspiration.”