As you all know I set myself a challenge to add social themes to my works in this challenge.This time, just as I started to work on it, I learned that the 24 year old son of a dear friend of mine had committed suicide having struggled with depression and anxiety. I decided this quilt would be my tribute to him. I had clever-clever ideas involving wire mesh and 3D shapes that could be scrunched up and black enveloping the colour.... but this quilt did not want to be like that. Nothing worked. It was a sad mess.
So I just decided to throw together a quilt with the right colours thinking about lava flow and have done. I made this one first. I used abaca tissue for the verticle red and orange strips - my first time with that product.
And then, liking the design but feeling it did not reflecct my mood I reversed the colours.
Just as the unexpected erruption of Eyjafjallajökull came from deep under the surface, so an explosive desperation can lie hidden beneath what seems like a normally lived life. One in four adults will suffer some kind of mental illness at some time in their lives. By comparison, the risk of a woman getting breast cancer is one in eight and yet there is far more publicicty and fund raising for that illness. Just because depression and anxiety are not visible does not mean they are not a real and significant disease. In the UK, suicide is the most common cause of death in men under 35. If you or any one you know is suffering, help and advice can be found here.
The young man in question was a fine, popular man with so much potential. I know his family were extremely proud of him and he certainly deserved that pride. I have not yet asked his family for permission to name him in this context, so he shall remain anonymous at present. Nontheless, this quilt is in his memory.