March 23, 2015


I was so busy with my day job that I have not had a chance to do artwork, so this was my way a easing back to the drawing board. The basic bird design was inspired by an embroidery design in a Victorian crazy quilt by Helen Penniman (Pardee) who would marry a future California governor, that was stitched on camping trips to the Redwoods. To learn more about this quilt and its maker, check out my article from over a decade ago, called “Adventurers in Nature: The Merry Tramps of Oakland,” California History 82:2 (2004): 6-19. The quilt is still housed at the Historic Pardee Home in Oakland, California.

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