Back in 2009 I was hard at work creating the Decision Portrait Series. Eventually there would be 108 works and many solo shows. The series is conceptually strong, deeply emotional, and includes many powerful portraits. One of my favorites has always been Recycler, depicting Mary Pat Baldauf, the city of Columbia's Sustainability Facilitator. (To read more about Mary Pat the Recycler, CLICK HERE.) Last week Mary Pat suffered a brain aneurism. Her mother and sister Beth have been at her side in the hospital since then. Beth has been posting updates on Facebook to a stunned Columbia ... because ... well ... Mary Pat knew EVERYONE. Everyone has been impacted by Mary Pat's recycling efforts but also her personal transformation shared through cute hair cut photos and other Facebook images. (Mary Pat doesn't really like the portrait I stitched anymore. Why? Well, taking advantage of the city's fitness programs, she lost 100 pounds since 2009!)
This is the Mary Pat that Columbia is praying for. There's a benefit recover fund and hundreds of people praying all over the country and beyond. Not everyone, however, can give money. Not everyone feels comfortable visiting a hospital. Not everyone knows what might be appreciated ... but a few of us could guess! My friend Dolly Patton had an idea, something that anyone might do and something that Mary Pat would absolutely love. This idea is also meant to support Beth, their mother, and their extended family. Dolly contacted me and our mutual friend Margaret Neville.
So ... what's the idea? Well, Dolly envisioned "a book" of well wishes, prayers, favorite photos of Mary Pat, great inspirational quotations (Mary Pat LOVED these sort of things), shared stories, and any other words/art/messages/support. She and I brain-stormed. Dolly and Margaret brain stormed. The plan was put into action. I cut dozens and dozens of 8" x 10" mat boards. All sorts of pretty colors. I created a "template" for drilled holes.
The holes are 1/2" from one long edge. One hole is in the middle. The other two are 1" from either short end. I carefully aligned a pile of mat boards, clamped the template on top, and drilled the holes.
I used 2" binder rings and made three books! These books can be taken apart ... allowing more than one person to create "a page" at the same time. People in far away places can create their special page on any 8" x 10" mat board (or recycled cereal/food box) and mail them for inclusion. We can add more "pages". We can make more "books".
To participate, just go to Margaret's wonderful business and make a page for Mary Pat (or mail yours!):
The Mad Platter.
- 3101 Millwood Avenue
- Columbia, SC, United States 29205
- (803) 771-8080
- Hours of Operation
Sundays - 1 - 6 PM
Tues - Fri 10 - 9 PM
Saturday 10 - 6 PM
I had the honor of making the first page. I cut Steve's cereal box to 8" x 10" and collaged it on one side ...
... and the other!
(Above: Me, Margaret, and Dolly on the second floor waiting area of Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.)
Here we are ... three book ... ready to be filled with PRAYERS for MARY PAT.
I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Fridays", a site for sharing fiber artwork.