Today I watched the dedication of the 911 museum and was taken back to that day. My Pii* was on her way to work when she got the call - she could come to work or go home. She chose to go home. Earlier I'd already turned on the television to witness the second tower collapse. A little bit later the confirmation that terrorists on the planes were responsible. This message could not save the Towers or the Pentagon, it did, however, take down the third weaponized airplane before there was more destruction.
I longed to create an interpretation of the united sentiment that swept across the world - shock, sorrow, determination and strength to mark this day. I needed to do something with my hands. Many others did the same. Weeks, months and years afterwards many works of art: quilts, paintings, sculptures, poems, and stories grew from the emotions we all experienced and needed to share.
*Pii - Person of infinite interest
'We will never forget' was often repeated over and over. These words, the Towers and the identification numbers of the planes were incorporated into my design. A quiet, meditative memorial to those who died.
I wish that I could have done more. So many of us did. Yet what we did no matter how small added to the bond and the strength that we all share around the world. Since then so many countries have united to help each other when catastrophe hits. This in itself is worth every small effort we make as individuals every day.
Dimensional Embroidery and my Azorean heritage