Life 10 – Leaf Mould
Finished! With the usual caveat of “touching up and frame required”.
Why Leaf Mould?
Life 10 is about the futility of war. The idea came from reading a bit in a magazine about the blitz on Coventry and how bombing almost entirely destroyed the city. It was called operation Moonlight Sonata and happened during the evening of 14th November 1940. My research into people’s stories of course just led on and on, and my thoughts became distilled into Leaf Mould.
Readers to the blog and facebook pages, have kindly sent me images of their families during WW2 and these have been printed onto fabric for me by Laura Kemshall. The leaves form a carpet which is of course beginning to break down, forming leaf mould. People are born, and they die. Fleeting memories are all that are left. They are absorbed into the earth, but their experiences nourish and change us. Sometimes they help us to grow. (My words)
As with all the Life Quilts, there are layers of meaning to be found if you wish to look.
The words on the body are from a poem by Tom Walker, about the futility of war.
When greed sups with the devil
And principles are shed
When power is corrupted
And truth stands on its head
When fear pervades the confused mind
And fools are easily led
When reason is a prisoner
The bell tolls for the dead.
Details of leaves with images printed on them and then painted.
The “soil” background fabric was printed for me by Laura and has a list of all the wars ever. (or as complete a list as I could make it)
The strips of fabric sewn onto the soil are covered with statistics about deaths from various wars:
And that’s it really.