I’ve written poems about crows; made pillows in the shape of crows; used their iconic images in numerous paintings, and this is not the first time I’ve put one in a textile collage. I’m drawn to crows for many reasons, not the least of which is their birdcall. Perhaps it is because their sound is so easy to identify. But what I like most about them is the image conjured in my mind when I hear one in my yard. I can pretend there is no golf course out there and no golf carts whizzing about. Instead, I imagine a series of fields behind a barn, with mountains in the distance. There is a low-hanging mist and a chill in the air. The harvest is in. The colors are fading, and I can detect the faint smell of burning leaves. Always in this daydream is the sound of a lone crow calling for companionship.
This textile page is full of fall colors, but is really nothing more than a collage of different fabrics with lots of hand stitching giving small sections a trapunto look and feel. The background fabric was what got me started on the theme, and I used some tiny quilts I’d made years ago, cut up and finally given some purpose. I originally thought I might use this for the letter F (fall), but then realized I’d already used it for Fish. I might have used it for the letter P for pumpkin, but then again, I may do a separate pumpkin page because I love these colors so much. Seven down; nineteen to go. Is anyone else out there keeping up? I’d love to see what pages you’ve completed.