Monday, November 14, 2011

Claire and Her Friend Vasco da Gama

Yes, THAT Vasco da of the most successful Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. My granddaughter Claire is 9 and in the fourth grade. Remember all those explorers?

Her project was to research daGama and, today, make her presentation to her class. Two things struck me when she showed me her display.

First, she's much more computer savvy than I. But you could have figured that. To support her research she figured out how to find a shape of Africa...and print what she needed. Then....and wait for it...the best part...she chose to make her map from FABRIC! She is always welcomed to "finds" in my scrap bin, where she announced to me that "this green over-dye will be perfect". She decided against rick-rack for daGama's route mapping, choosing pliable wicking material instead. After the wording and markings were complete she rooted around in my studio until she found some tulle to overlay..."perfect ocean material".

Okay. A rant from a proud grandparent. I usually reserve this platform for art quilts, news of quiltmakers, my travels...especially as it relates to quilts and fiber...and the like.

But her approach to her project touched me, as it reflects our relationship and the value she places on "my" medium.

I always wanted to make a difference. I've come to understand that I may. but the differences will be small (I gave up on world peace decades ago). I choose to see this as one of them.


  1. You're a seed sower. (As are we all, whether with intention, or not.)

    Her project is wonderfully creative!

  2. As a retired elem. teacher... I can't tell you how many explorer, states, presidents, science... projects I've graded (including my own children). I give this sweet girl an A+. I bet she knocks the teacher's socks off with her presentation!
    Hugs from Mary

  3. What a difference you have made already! A fabulous map & presentation- congratulations Claire & Nanna.

  4. You have every right to be proud of this remarkable child. Her working in fiber makes this a perfect post for your blog. Her project is wonderful!

  5. wow boy i dont know u and it nice