What is an Earth Quilt?
An Earth Quilt is a living garden. As the name implies, Earth Quilts don’t cover beds, they are beds of seasonal flowers, perennials, evergreens and rocks in newly inspired patterns. Each design is original and symbolically represents the community in which it is created. Wood, bricks and stones are the bones. They are the architectural elements that create the structure and pattern which remain evident throughout the seasons. Each Earth Quilt tells the story of the community through its colors, shapes, and textures.

What is the Earth Quilt Project ?
The Earth Quilt Project is a collaborative, hands-on, experience in the creation of a site specific garden. Beginning with an idea, we work together...and arrive at a sense of community. Members of each community are invited to participate in the design process, fabrication, installation and celebration. The idea is grounded in the belief that the “arts” can play a central role in healing, learning and building community. (Please read about the history of the project.)

How Long Does It Take?
Each project takes on its own form depending on the desires of the community. The average project takes three weeks to a month. It is a residency format. I live in your community working collaboratively with community members, teachers and staff in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and at group homes.

How is an Earth Quilt Project Funded?
State and Federal Grants, Art Councils, Foundation Grants, Corporations, local business partners, private funds and matching funds.

How do we get started?
Let's have a phone meeting so that I can learn about your community and your particular desires, needs and focus. (E-mail or phone me).


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