Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas
detail: Autumn Evening by William Thompson and Andreios Alexander

Native Son, Local Threads: Quilts Inspired by Richard Wright

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The Lakeshore Circus by Catherine Bell Catherine Bell The Lakeshore Circus, 2010
cotton fabric, metallic ribbon
A lakeshore circus
An elephant trumpeting
Waves on blue water

This haiku is one of many that Richard Wright composed. The quilt expresses the circus elephants arriving at the sea. With Mrs. Jackson, I learned how to piece together one man’s writing into a beautiful quilt. I chose The Lakeshore Circus because I felt it was a piece I was capable of making. It was a great experience that I think all people should try.
Catherine Bell
age 14, ninth-grader at Central Junior High School