Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Poster-sized Bride...

Hi everyone,

guess what: me and my Civil War Bride in progress were professionally photographed for a university project. Here's the result:
What do you think? Personally, I would have preferred a strong dose of photoshopping away multiple chins, but alsas, the bride is featured very well, I think....

Greetings from the Rhine,
Britta

14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful portrait of you and your Bride. Why did the university want a professional portrait done? Very unique...

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  3. Yeah, I'm curious about the project, too... I would have said exactly the same thing about the photoshopping had it been me... but you know, this makes me think we should include ourselves in documenting our lives in quilts... maybe it will be a trend.

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  4. well, I for one think the portrait is simply fabulous! Your bride is quite beautiful.

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  5. Britta, I think it is great, love seeing you and your bride!
    Cheri

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  6. Britta, you and your quilt look so great, I think it nice to see a picture of the quilter as well as the quilt some times. I'm also curious about the project.

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  7. You are looking just fine, you and your quilt. Why should you worry about chins? You are what you are, a creative woman with a wonderful quilt.
    Sylvia Kaptein
    The Netherlands

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  8. You and your bride look lovely, it should be compulsory for us all to post a pic. of ourself with our bride instead of remaining annonymous, Ann in NZ.

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  9. So, here's the story: My university launched a project as part of an "excellence initiative" in the course of which it will be decided whether it will be uplifted to the status of "excellence university" this year. Over the last year, new buildings went up, old ones were renovated, everything was streamlined, polished and shined, new programs came into existence and existing studies programs have been updated.

    The project I was asked to contribute to was a series of posters of roundabout 50 university representatives (from a kindergarten kid up to the professorial range) with their extracurricular interests to show the diversity of hobbies and motivations that keep people going outside from their academic or administrative work. This was done to impress visitors (and particularly the committee to decide on the possible excellence of my alma mater).

    So, in December, I met with a professional photographer, the wonderful and funny Thomas Hartmann, and we spent two hours and made countless pictures of me and my quilts. Other staff members were represented with books they read, fish they like to fish, instruments they play, their dogs and so forth. The youngest, a university kindergarten kid was photographed holding a vegetable because he likes to cook (LOL).

    Well, and I was photographed with quilts. This is particularly fitting since I taught a class on quilting in American literature and culture this semester (which was a lot of fun, I can tell you)...

    Greetings from the Rhine,
    Britta

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  10. btw: the pictures now hang poster sized in the halls of the university professor and chief admistration...

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  11. Britta, what an innovative project! I remember how pleased I was when my university professor swam in the pool where I was a lifeguard. That she had a life other than haunting the classroom never occurred to me. Watching her swim lap after patient lap, day after day, in the pool from the vantage point of the lifeguard chair made her more human and interesting. I know those who see your poster will want to knock on your door for more information about you, your lovely quilt, and course offerings. Thank you for sharing such a unique Bride story.

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  12. Hi Mary,

    couldn't agree more... It was really fun to do a big show and share with my students during the first day of classes last semester, because in Germany, quilting is not a tradition and many students had no clue what they had signed up for when they took my class. Therefore, it was all the more interesting to see how they got involved and really did some stunning PowerPoints on various quilting techniques, ethnic quilting, quilting and politics, story quilting and quilt stories, charity quilting, memory quilts, and the like. So, yes - you are right. I think, in fact, that many of my students have come to see me as a real person rather than just a teacher and they have learned for themselves that needleworks isn't just "trifles" but something worthwile doing which can have a political dimension, an art dimension, and is an expression of the self... Thanks!

    Greetings from the Rhine,
    Britta

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  13. Britta, you and your Bride are equally beautiful! I am a teacher and love the idea of sharing the 'real you" with your students. I have always integrated my love of quilting into lessons for my elementary students. How exciting to see this at the university level. Congratulations on your quilt and your exquisite portrait. I especially love the block with the large yellow house.

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  14. You and your bride quilt are featured just fine. It is a lovely picture and captures your pride and pleasure with the project well. Congratulations on, literally, becoming a poster girl for the CWB project.

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