A day to celebrate mothers
I often wonder am I a mother worth celebrating ?
I have ended up with the most wonderful daughter but really did I actually have anything much to do with that ?
was she destined to always be a lovely person ?
I think she was.
I have decided this mother's day to celebrate my daughter
Lets face it, as a mother I can do whatever I want - its my day hahahahaha
The project has come about because Nell, an Australian artist who was going to come to do a residency at McCahon House is now unable to due to Covid19.
Her plan was to run a series of workshops while she was here & instead this quilt project has become an online event. At the moment there is no particular end date so grab a needle, some thread & a scrap of fabric, choose a name & start stitching.
Kate was named after my Nanna who was Katherine
Nanna was called Kitty by her contemporaries so I Imagine Kitty was the common diminutive at that time.
Kate is Kathryn because I prefer that spelling & it’s just occurred to me that I don’t know the origin of the spelling I prefer nor even the origin of Nanna’s spelling of Katherine
It was, & will always be, about connections
Kate never knew Kitty tho i suspect they would have enjoyed each other’s company.
Kitty was a bit cold & hard around the edges - a product of the times she lived in perhaps
Kate, on the other hand, is warm & gentle around the edges
I’m also pretty sure I didn’t really know my Nanna; that’s not how it works with your grandparents is it ?
It’s about feelings
It’s about memories
It’s about love
oh & smells . . . it’s definitely about smells
Then at some stage it occurs to you that it has become about the future
Kate is the future
Kitty is the past
I am simply the one in the middle.
The one who carries the past through the present & hands it on to the future
I simply wrote her name in pencil & then wrote it again with my biggest fattest sharpie.
I used a light box to trace the outline of the letters so that I got empty block letters which I then transferred on to a piece of fabric, chose the thread I liked & embroidered it over a couple of days.
And I'm so glad I did.
She's another Katherine & has always been known by everyone in the family as Aunty Kate even tho she's younger than all of us except the kids.
I thought a lot about Aunty Kate as she has always been such an important, supportive & positive role model for our kids as they grew up.
She has always been consistent for them & undoubtedly will always be remembered with love.
And I guess this is what this whole thing has become about.
Connection, belonging & love.
It always comes back to love.