I met Susan and Roger some years ago, when they came to hear Jon give a talk at a gallery where I was also showing my work in Greenwich, NY. Roger bought one of my I Am Enough Potholders for his granddaughter and after that Susan and Roger would show up at our Open Houses. We kept in touch.
Roger was a photographer, a musician and a poet. Inspired by the words on one of my pillows he wrote a song and recorded it. I was honored.
Roger died in December. The last time I saw him, was when he and Susan came to the Bedlam Farm Open House in October. He said he’d love to collaborate with me again. I told him I hadn’t had much words come to me lately. He told me he could also work with images. But we didn’t get to talk about it again.
He and Susan had one of those beautiful marriages where they seemed like newlyweds even though they had been married over 30 years. You could see and feel their love in how they interacted with each other. It radiated from them. I could feel it still when Susan wrote to me asking if I would make a quilt and two pillows out of some of Roger’s clothes. That kind of love doesn’t die.
Susan sent me the box with Roger’s clothes in it in January. It’s been sitting in my studio, next to my desk since then. Yesterday I looked through Roger’s clothes. It was obvious to me that Roger’s clothes were a part of his creative life, just like I know mine are for me.
Susan said he loved to wear tie’s and the ones she sent me were his favorites. So, in a way, it seems to me that Roger and I are collaborating again. This time, instead of him making a song out of my words, I’m making a quilt out of his clothes.
I sorted through Roger’s ties, then saw his painters pants with the paint on them. I liked the idea of them together. So that’s where I began….
This was as far as I got yesterday, but today it came easier….
Here’s a video of Roger singing Come To The Sunshine, the song he wrote inspired by my words.