Patchwork & Ornament: A Woman's Journey of Life, Love, and Art
Publisher : Gal in Sky Publishing Company
Description
Growing up in the South Bronx during the Great Depression, Jeanette Feldman knew poverty well, living on home relief with a disabled father and immigrant mother who held the family together. Through the power of art and culture, she transcended her humble beginnings. In this collage-style format of essays, stories, poetry, and full-color art, editor Nadine Galinsky Feldman guides the reader through Ms. Feldman's powerful journey.


The Story Behind This Book
When Jeanette Feldman, my late mother-in-law, died unexpectedly in December 2008, we were unprepared for the treasure trove of journals and other writings that she left behind. I began to organized them, intending to create a keepsake for family members, but I found Jenny's story so compelling that I decided to share it publicly. With the blessing of Jenny's husband, Norm, and knowing from Jenny's own words that she would support such an effort, I created Patchwork and Ornament.


Praise and Reviews

From Feathered Quill:

Reviewed by: Lynette Latzko

Review Date: December 28, 2009

The unique collection of art that goes behind such creations as patchworks, mosaics and collages really set them apart by joining an assortment of unique individual ideas or pieces together to work collaboratively to make an entire work of art. This is exactly like the stories, journals, letters, poems and drawings that make up Patchwork & Ornament: A Woman's Journey of Life, Love, and Art. Collected by Nadine Galinsky Feldman (and her family), the editor and daughter-in-law of the author, Jeanette Feldman, the writings in this book work together to create a complete recollection of a life well lived. Now, one may believe that selecting a few important stories from Jeanette's life would be sufficient, but to do that would not do her life the honored justice that it deserves. Instead Jeanette's daughter-in-law breathed life into many varied works and displays them together in one book for all to enjoy.

Although Jeanette Feldman's life was not an easy one, as she grew up in the Depression Era in the South Bronx, NY, a poor daughter of an immigrant mother and disabled father, Jeanette's struggles did not get in the way of her artistic passions. Studying art at Cooper Union School of Art, she was able to surmount her difficult life and bring beauty into her world through not only the written word, but works of painted art, which have been proudly displayed in galleries in New York, New Jersey and Texas, and are also included in full-color in this collection. The following is a wonderful example of poetry written by Jeanette, taken from the pages of Patchwork & Ornament:

The trees, the flowers grow
and bloom and fruit
because they must,
because they're alive.
I do what I do because I must,
because my being says I must,
and because I'm alive. (p. 128)

Patchwork & Ornament is simply an extraordinary collection of writings that not only honors the life of an artistic woman, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, but truly has the power to inspire the creativity in us all. Despite a not so perfect life, and a career in the art world that was sometimes wobbly, Jeanette persevered, and she has left us an everlasting legacy of her creations.

Quill says: This work is a touching celebration and tribute of life in all its glory, from love, to family and children, to the heartaches of death and all other life struggles. No one should miss reading this book, and should consider it a privilege to be able to get a glance into the complex life of such a remarkably creative person.

For more information on Patchwork & Ornament: A Woman's Journey of Life, Love, and Art please visit the website: Patchworkornament.com


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Nadine Feldman
For most of my life, I was a writer who didn't write! After a long illness in the 90s that temporarily took from me the ability to write, I woke up and decided to get busy.
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