Narrative Threads

Has it been that long? Sorry, I can’t explain this case of my disappearance from this blog. I was like I slipped into some time warp, that put me in another dimension for a few weeks. Is it really June already?

I do know that last month I spent my time completing a new art quilt for an exhibit that opens the end of this month, called Narrative Threads. The exhibit is sponsored by the Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South (PAQA-S) and Sharon Elizabeth Wood, the quilts are mixed media creations, combining the art quilting expertise of Alliance members with words from NC writers.

The idea behind the exhibit evolved from an inspiration shared by Sharon Elizabeth Wood, a creative writing coach and consultant, Jana Lankford, President of PAQA-S, and Antoinette Brown, an Association member. Antoinette recruited member-quilters who were then matched with writers recruited by Sharon to establish at least 15 collaborative pairs. Each quilt being exhibited represents an artistic expression unique to the pair who created it.

I was paired with author and poet Anne Barnhill. Anne’s recently published novel “At the Mercy of the Queen” is a tale of sexual seduction and intrigue at the court of Henry VIII. It is rich and dramatic historical fiction about Madge Shelton, cousin and lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn.

Early in our collaboration, Anne and I discovered we had a similar interest in the moon and goddesses. We were initially inspired by Artemis, the ancient Greek Goddess of the moon, who was often depicted as a huntress. We later decided to present our moon goddess with more generic origins, representing her strength and the influences of the moon on women. I enjoyed working with Anne and hearing the stories of the other artist/author teams as we worked through our collaborations.

The Narrative Threads exhibit runs June 29 through August 27, 2012 at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, NC. The public is invited to the Artist Reception at Page-Walker on June 29 from 6 to 9 pm. Until then, you’ll have to wait to see my completed piece, but I have included a small image to show some of my process of creation. I can’t wait to see what everyone has done. Please join me if you can to see our Narrative Threads.


  1. Cathie says:

    Oh Nanette Your piece is wonderful. I love the notion of pairing the poet with the visual artist. How exciting it will be for the poet to see thier work in a physical form. I did mail my membership dues so i will be participating again in the guild. Hope to see you soon.

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