It had become a “problem” in my family that many of us had accumulated more Grandma Dot originals than we knew what to do with. She was endlessly creative, incredibly prolific, and generous with her craft. Every holiday and family gathering was accompanied by explanations of her latest projects or a homemade gift itself. Looking around my apartment now, I have framed sketches and watercolors of her favorite tree, quilted waterscapes of the Chesapeake Bay, woven bags, knitted hats, and crocheted cat toys. To me, her creations were not just about making an end product, but also about reusing and repurposing materials that would otherwise be wasted, exploring new ideas and cultures, and staying connected with people around her. Her skills inspired me when I was young, as I excitedly learned to knit and sew, and her overall ethos continues to inspire me today and always. She passed away in May 2020 at the age of 93 – I feel lucky to have so many pieces of her still surrounding me.
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