BRADLEY ON HER WORK:
I have an unyielding interest in our American cultural diversity and
how we translate that into quilt patterns. I want to symbolically cover
the land with a quilt that will foster the nurturing side of humankind.
tell the stories of our lives through their shapes, colors and textures.
They hold a history of their makers as well as the people who care for
them. They become sacred treasures. Gardens are about hope and the creation
of sacred space. Both help us to go beyond the ordinary moments and
to enter into a world of deeper meaning and beauty. They help us connect
with a body of knowledge, with ourselves and with other people. When
I am not working on an Earth Quilt Garden I am working on the creation
of a fiber quilt. This body of work is about process, relationships
Quilt Project/Public Art
to excite me is discovering the uniqueness of each new community I visit:
its people, community focus, physical environment and its architecture.
My goal is to transform all of this information into a quilt pattern.
I thoroughly enjoy collaborating with others to create a sense of place
that is deeply personal: helping people to connect with their roots,
every day life and creative gifts. I like to plant seeds for continued
involvement and a sense of hope. I am always thrilled to see how the
process of creating an Earth Quilt brings the community together. In
schools, the process is fully integrated into the school curriculum.
At a dedication we celebrate with music, dance and poetry.
Quilt is a living garden. As the name implies, Earth Quilts dont
cover beds, they are beds of seasonal flowers, perennials, evergreens
and rocks in newly inspired patterns. Each design is original and symbolically
represents the community in which it is created. Wood, bricks and stones
are the bones. They are the architectural elements that create the structure
and pattern which remain evident throughout the seasons. Each Earth
Quilt tells the story of the community through its colors, shapes, and
Quilt Project is a collaborative, hands-on, experience in the creation
of a site specific garden. Beginning with an idea, we work together...and
arrive at a sense of community. Members of each community are invited
to participate in the design process, fabrication, installation and
celebration. The idea is grounded in the belief that the arts
can play a central role in healing, learning and building community.
© Norma Bradleynormabradley.com
How Long Does It Take?
takes on its own form depending on the desires of the community. The
average project takes three weeks to a month. It is a residency format.
I live in your community working collaboratively with community members,
teachers and staff in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and
at group homes.
is an Earth Quilt Project Funded?
Federal Grants, Art Councils, Foundation Grants, Corporations, local
business partners, private funds and matching funds.
do we get started?
have a phone meeting so that I can learn about your community and your
particular desires, needs and focus. (E-mail or phone me). For information
go to normabradley.com