★ Created by Nancy A. Erisman & Students: Newhall, CA
Title: “Growing Our Future: Creating a Thriving & Caring Community”
Dream Theme: Peace & Children as our future
The photos show the process of the children coloring the muslin background, having their
hands traced and the back of the quilt panel with the label (my hand traced!)
What is your artwork about?
“The first ideas I had centered on the theme of ‘peace, but as I explored the website and photos posted on the Flicker page, I saw that many others had the same idea! I considered other themes but the one that kept returning to my mind was that of ‘community’.
After all, if we all felt a sense of community, there would surely be peace! In deciding on my implementation techniques, I kept returning to my desire to include the young children I care for each day because classroom community is something I always work very hard on creating. If we raise our children to value living and working in a close-knit community, maybe we can embrace hope for a more peaceful future.”
Techniques & Materials Used:
All materials were things I had in my studio stash. I intentionally did not purchase anything new for this project. Fabrics used: muslin & an assortment of cotton quilting fabrics, double-sided Pellon Wonder Under, thread, Warm & Natural batting, buttons and ribbon -preprinted with the words: inspire, hope, believe, create, imagine and dream.
Did you enjoy this project?
“Yes, I did! It took me a long while to settle on an idea. Once l had the seed of my idea going, although I still procrastinated some, I finally relaxed and let the creative juices flow. I especially liked finding a way to let the very young (under two years old) children in my classroom be a part of both the process and the main design element (their traced hands as the leaves on the tree).”