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Hope is the thing with feathers…

October 15th, 2009 by Nikki Smith

A dear friend, Tina Wright, was recently diagnosed with Stage Four cancer.  Several artist friends got together to create a handmade book of wishes, prayers and art to lighten her spirit and show our support for her in this difficult time.  Tina said the book touched her more than words could say.  Below is my contribution, with the first stanza of a poem by Emily Dickinson.

Hope page spread 1

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

Hope page spread 2

Details:  The bird has been cut-out from the front of the page.  Sandwiched between the front and back pages is a swatch of fabric with “Shine,” “Love” and other words which shows through the opening.  “Hope” is written with a metallic paint pen.  The poem was printed on transparency and stiched to the page with a style of stitch that looks like bird tracks.  A feather was attached to complete the theme.  On the reverse side, the bird cut-out from the front was attached to a sheet of patterned paper along with notes from sheet music.

The other artists’ contributions will be posted online shortly and I’ll add a link here when they are ready.

If you know Tina and would like to help, please read more about the Fund Raiser for Tina Wright on October 29th.  Contribute art for the silent auction or attend the event and show your support!

Tina, you are in my thoughts and prayers!  With love, ~Nikki.

UPDATE:  See the complete book on Flickr!

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