Catherine Whall Smith wishes you a Happy Spring, Happy Easter, and Happy Passover

To me part of the beauty of a piece eventually lies in the details. A detail that I remember of growing up during my grammar school years at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School was the need to have the perfect Easter outfit along with the over the top Easter hat. A bonding experience with my mother – we would go downtown to Pariseau’s to select it. One year straw was in, another year it was flowers on a stretchable knit cap. Thinking back several Easter’s before those hat bonding experiences, I can still clearly visualize the details of a dusty pink coat and matching round pocketbook in the shape of a cat’s face – with little ears. The set made by my mother also had hand stitched whiskers, nose, and eyes. That attention to the details has stayed with me as I incorporate gently curved pieced seams and hand stitching in my work as shown in this detail section of “Tribute to Truitt”.

2010 Tribute to Truitt (detail) 44H x 46W inches (112 x 117 cm.

I have no idea what happened to that wonderful coat and cat purse, but I still remember the fine construction and the stitching of the details – so what do you remember?

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About Catherine Whall Smith

Fiber Artist working with contemporary textiles.
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