Focus: Depression- An element of HOPE must be included into the design and be apparent to the viewer.

Media- mainly textiles

Size: From 12"x 12" to 36" x 36"

Shape: Any size that fits the size requirement (example: quilt, doll, purse or garment)

Host: Kathleen Duncan

"Facade XI"
10.5" w x 13-3/4" h

Rosemary Claus-Gray

Facade XI reflects the interaction of hurt feelings and negative thoughts with hope, confidence and faith. Hope and healing permeate this piece, overcoming the darkness. The piece is translucent, a collage of scrim on tulle with a silk organza backing. It is hand stitched with embroidery thread. Some ancient symbols are used in the stitching, connecting modern struggles with the eternal condition of mankind.

Olof I. Davidsdottir
Reykjavik, Iceland

A world of its own, depression presents fragments, only to isolate us from our core of being. A courageous venture into the realm of shadows reveals the image of our soul. Depression is dealt with on its own terms by learning the language it speaks to tell us where our true self waits embalmed for resurrection.

This work was inspired by the angel fabric and the black with the naïve ghost images, displayed in the detail photo. The quilt is in two layers, very much like the double reality a person with depression faces. The outer shows planets in the dark, inhabited by ghosts, separated by fragmented walls. The inner layer is revealed by the aid of zippers, requiring a deliberate action to greet the celestial bearers of truth.

"Soul Emissary"
29" w x 22" h


"Where Do I Go To Get Away From Me?"

Kathleen Duncan

I frequently get frustrated when the world closes in on me. Internally, I feel so overwhelmed and agitated that I wish I could take a vacation from being me. Thankfully, I can escape ME and find peace, hope and solace in God.

Gail Dwyer
Boston, Massachusetts

" Choosing Joy" represents my many attempts to move through life's obstacles laden with sadness and into a true inner harmony.

"Choosing Joy"
21-1/2" x 21-1/2"

"Feeling Blue"
18-3/4" x 25-3/4"

Lisa Felleman
Palo Alto, CA

The face on the quilt was created from a charcoal drawing that I did, which I then scanned into the computer, manipulated in Photoshop, and printed onto fabric. The quilt also includes screen printing on fabric.
I was trying to show the harsh way in which we view life when we are feeling depressed. A small photo of antidepressant medication is my ray of hope.

Lois Frankel
Ewing, NJ

The figure reaching toward - what? - half in the light and half in the darkness. Is it reaching for the darkness above or for the light farther above? Just as the image emerged from the fabric, the figure emerges from blinding light into swirling dark. Which of the two is really more comforting?

31" w x 35" h

"Still Fractured After All These Years"

Kanti Jocelyn

I wanted this quilt to represent the inability of the electrical charges in the neurons to jump the synapses in the brain, resulting in the malfunction that we know as depression.

I also wanted to represent how I feel when my thoughts seem so disconnected and thus I feel unable to fully express myself mentally, emotionally and verbally. But as can be seen in the quilt, some charges do connect and while I function at a lower level than I did before the onset of the illness, I am relieved to say, that I am not totally incapacitated and have been able to accomplish some very important life goals through the wonder of modern medicine

Michele Koppelman
Warren, Rhode Island

Anxiety .. depression .. off balance .. on edge .. agitation. The darkness is breaking up, the light is making inroads. Now the darkness looms large .. soon all will be light except for a wisp of shadow.

16" x 20"

Materials: velvet, beads, Angelina fibers

Quilt represents the moment when I was emerging from my depression. I was scribbling in black on a large piece of paper with charcoal. I was going to cover the whole paper in black, but I couldn't do it. Little white spots where left uncolored. Then the spots began to get dotted with other colors of pastels. The inability to blacken the whole paper paralleled my inability to lose all hope in the world and in myself.

Judy MacLeod
Sweet Springs, Missouri

Materials: Commercial and hand-dyed cottons, batiks. Machine and hand pieced. Machine quilted.
Depression is a swirling mass of emotions, all negative and dark, surrounding me, choking me. The bright colours entering the heart of the dark mass represents the one thing that keeps me from going over the edge – Hope.


“Hope Enters the Swirls of Depression”
10” x 13” (irregular)

15" x 15"
Ann Louise Mullard-Pugh
Las Vegas, Nevada

Living with someone who is chronically depressed can suck a loved one intothe void. Hang onto the threads so one can pull oneself out.

Sharie Myers

The image on the left represents the confusion and spiral maze of negative and dull emotions from which there appears to be no escape, as though a a webbing exits between you and life. There is a break in the web through which the path to color, life, joy can be found.

"Out of Darkness"
13" x 13"
Commercial and hand-dyed fabric, machine quilted.

"Depressive Yin Yang"
(Photographs taken by Robin Cramer)

Annie Peinturlurer
Depression is such a difficult thing to live with. It is something we don't understand and seem to have little patience or compassion for family or friends suffering from it. Sometimes one can function while depressed and sometimes we must hide in the dark, alone. This artwork represents the darkness and negativity of depression, while hope is represented by the positive image.

Louise Perrin
Wolfville, Nova Scotia Canada

The brilliant hues of the morning sun intrude and chase away the darkness of the night. The reflection of sky and land in the water makes it difficult to discern up from down. I am the boat, afloat within the sea of darkness, hoping for safe harbour in the new day that will come although still surrounded by the "gray" days of Seasonal Affective Disorder I live with. Often it is difficult to see the beauty of the new day while making our way through the dark we all have experienced. I have come to trust that eventually the sun will come up, light will enter, and I will see the world around me in a better light.

For this challenge I set myself the tasks of not using a pattern, using only fabrics on hand and doing the complete piece by machine. I ended up using my photos of high tide at sunrise in the harbour 5 minutes walk from my house as a guide, a LOT of poly/cottons I had that were the colours I wanted, and machine appliquéing and free-motion quilting the piece. The backing and binding are gray to signify the "gray" days I often live with, days of little getting done. All of this is different from how I have done my work in the past.

"Out of the Darkness….. A New Day Dawns"


"Spiraling Through The Blues"
23" x 35 "
Machine pieced, appliqued and quilted batik cottons.

Jeri Riggs
Dobbs Ferry, NY

As a retired psychiatrist and depression sufferer I am no stranger to the darkness of of blue moods, but as a quilter I know how much color helps me wind my way through the blues. Sometimes things match up well, and sometimes they don't exactly, but there is always a way out if you follow your

Meena Schaldenbrand
Plymouth, Michigan

Redefining events with a slightly different outlook. The top of the hourglass has a free motion embroidered version of Munch's "The Scream" . The bottom has a thumbs up for my way of coping with depression.quilting. The back of the quilt has a large appliquéd snowflake and is sometimes my reason for
depression in the middle of winter.

"Attitude Readjustment"
16"w x 22"h
January 2004

Julie Zaccone Stiller
Boulder Creek, CA

The two swirling confusions of color are how I see my
depression itself. Sometimes it feels much lighter,
sometimes quite heavy and oppressive. Surrounding
them are the routines and supports that keep them
contained (the regular quilting patterns). The net repeated shows the traps I go through over and
over and over to eventually climb out of the

The shining shards are my hope, even if broken and
small, that underlies it all. Fragile though. And
delicately held in place.

"Net of Silence"
32"h x 20"w

Materials: hand painted, printed, dyed and discharged
fabrics by the artist, and pieces of an unsolicited cd
(AOL of course!)

"To Life"
23" x 31"
"Magical Tree of Life"
19" x 19"

Susan Schrott
Mount Kisco, New York

TO LIFE: Created after a year of illnesses in my life. The core of this piece is the Tree of Life that branches out of the center of the Star of David... Birds ,butterflies and petals are in bloom with a passion for life and rejuvenation. Cotton fabrics, cotton batting, applique, rayon and metallic threads, machine qulited.

MAGICAL TREE OF LIFE: This is part of a series of Trees of Life I have been involved with. My main objective is to have these trees radiate life, color and optimism. Cotton fabric, cotton batting, applique, rayon and metallic threads, machine quilted.

Eithne Taaffe
Staten Island, New York

My father was a kind passionate and brilliant man. He suffered from depression most of his adult life, but at 67, when he lost his job, it turned manic. I cared for my father during this period. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I have ever done. Everyday we would sit together and try to get thru one simple task, writing a check or reading a letter.It would take hours and would drain me completely. I felt like I was running thru a forest after him trying to understand him and make sense of this disease. Those eyes of his the pain etched into them was crippling. I sketched them when he was at his worst and incorporated them into the quilt.

After two brutal years my father beat the depression.

"Thru My Father's Eyes"
33" x 35"

"Circles of Serenity"
13-1/2" x 15-1/2"

Linda Themer
Seymour, Indiana

I was playing with bleach last summer and "printed" with a used cd to make circles, the black fabric turned to a beautiful copper. This was my first attempt at an art quilt, and I worked randomly, cutting circles of velvet, leather, brocade, netting, fine wire mesh, copper disks and coppery pieces of glass. I added beading and cotton ribbon to finish.
This piece is dedicated to a man I love dearly, who is suffering from depression. My hope is that he will soon be able to see the sunshine beneath the darkness.

Anne Theobald
Greenwood Village, Colorado

The dark clouds seem to be gone. They were induced by events that are now at rest, a mended heart, an errant bunch of cells now excised, the difficult elderly relatives now at peace, financial matters stable. Family and friends held me steady.


"Seems to be over"
20-1/2"W x 16-1/2" H

"If Only You Knew "
Approximately 16" tall.
Media: cotton, fiber fill, polymer clay, flosses


Paet VanDyke-Burcham

" If Only You Knew" is a two sided doll. It had been the story of my life until I realized that my pains and fears no longer needed to stay hidden. I have suffered from clinical depression since my early childhood. Thanks to medication and some wonderful and caring doctors I have now been able to face those fears and pains - "Now You Know" - the other side of this doll, and move onward. The person I am now is no longer the little girl trying to please everyone - nor is it the terribly maimed creature that grew due to the various types of abuse I survived. The blackness of depression be changed if only you will allow yourself and others to help you. But you must make the decision - as I made the decision to show the world my fear and pain. It is part of the healing process.

Linda Weiss-Malik
Phoeniz, Arizona

Emerging from the darkness into the light heralds an intensely personal rebirth.

This piece is quilted,raw edge appliquéd, and fused. It is comprised of hand dyed cottons, commercial cottons, beads, unprocessed raw silk fibers, reembroidered lace, sequins, metallic thread, cotton thread and cotton batting. It is machine pieced and quilted.



"I Uncovered My Darkness and Found The Light
" 12" x 17"



Julie Willis
Hand-dyed cotton, cotton lame, poly chiffon, crayoned Tyvek, crayoned fusible web, rayon and cotton threads, perle cotton, embroidery floss, beads. fused, machine and hand stitched, heat-distressed, hand beaded.
The process of melting back the outer layer of this quilt to see the bright places beneath it was very like my own spiritual journey. Only after a process of embracing and then peeling away the dark layers of my self-ness was i able to seek healing from God.

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