Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Q159 - The Silence of Sounds - A New Quilt

Good day,

Andy and I created and completed our 159th quilt –

The Silence of Sounds.

The Silence of Sounds
Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer
October 2017

We completed The Silence of Sounds this past October 2017.

We created The Silence of Sounds to be a part of a quilt challenge. The challenge was placed on hold, and we held back with presenting our completed effort. But today seems to be the best time as ever to present our effort, design, construction, and completed effort.

The quilt challenge was to create a representative Pink Triangle and to include a reflection of a song that may have meant something to our lives.

We created our The Silence of Sounds to reflect the essence of our thoughts of the song The Sounds of Silence.

As Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel released their classic tune “The Sounds of Silence” in 1964, I was just turning 13. It was a song that I played repeatedly through my teen years and early 20s.

The resounding notes and words silently screamed the wonder and confusion constantly wracking the depths of my psyche.

“And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking 
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence”.

Today there are many countries, worldwide, which go out of their way to silence the freedom of thought and voice. One recent and atrocious example is the forcible disappearance, abduction, imprisonment of more than 100 male residents of the Chechen Republic, a part of the Russian Federation.

"A pink triangle has been a symbol for various LGBT identities, initially intended as a badge of shame, but later reclaimed as a positive symbol of self-identity. In Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, it began as one of the Nazi concentration camp badges, distinguishing those imprisoned because they had been identified by authorities as homosexual men, a category that also included bisexual men and transgender women. In the 1970s, it was revived as a symbol of protest against homophobia, and has since been adopted by the larger LGBT community as a popular symbol of LGBT pride and the LGBT rights movement." (Reference Wikipedia).

Our The Silence of Sounds, in the shape of a triangle, includes silhouettes of Andy and myself. The dimensions of our quilt are 29” width and 25” length.

Follow our progress at Quilts SB, at both our Quilts SB Facebook page - and our Quilts SB Website -

Andy and I hope you consider our presentation and posting of our work and details of our The Silence of Sounds journey.

And if you have any questions, thoughts, comments and/or ideas for Andy and me please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB - email -

Definitely enjoy,

Jim and Andy

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