Michael Christopher Kessler (1982 - 1999)
2004, 67" x 67"
Fragments of Michaels’s baby cloths, cloth toys, t-shirts, karate belts, and the jeans and plaid shirt he died in. Made in the studio with Mary Kessler, Micheal's mother. Machine and hand pieced, hand quilted.
This quilt is made from the clothing of Michael Christopher Kessler, who took his life when he was 17.
His mother, Mary, brought to my studio, boxes of clothes, cloth toys and baby quilts from his infancy, childhood and teenage years. She unwrapped karate belts, booted jumpers, stuffed dinosaurs, small t-shirts with zoo animals and monster trucks. . .
We cried together when she uncovered and touched the pair of blue jeans and the short sleeved, plaid shirt he chose to die in.