BEND, OR -- The book Euphoria is the Deschutes Public Library’s 2016 Novel Idea selection, read by more than 6,000 locals; among those are quilters who create artwork based on their impressions of the book. Marilyn Forestell owns QuiltWorks on Greenwood Avenue in Bend, where quilters have been busy filling her gallery. “We have 43 art pieces, mostly quilts, but some other textile projects based on the novel Euphoria by Lilly King.” The book is loosely based on the life of cultural anthropologist Margaret Meade.
At the gallery, located on the second floor of QuiltWorks, quilts, masks and textile projects depict life in the south seas in the 1930’s. “Each piece has a description of why the quilter chose this, what they made. And the descriptions are as interesting as the pieces,” Forestell tells KBND News.
Libraries in New York and Washington State have asked Forestell about doing similar projects for their community reading events. In addition, nearly 40 local book clubs are holding their meetings at QuiltWorks to discuss Euphoria while viewing the artwork.