Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Woke up with the title of this song on my mind: Cry Me a River!

Indeed Godfrey Nims had much to cry about as Abigail and Ebenezer survived the forced march from Deerfield to Montreal and Ancienne-Lorette.

Here is a summary of the family's loss from the 1700s as retold by the Nims Family Association:
Note the toll of Godfrey's family members killed or taken captive in the 1704 raid on Deerfield: His second wife captured, dying on the forced march to Canada. One son killed, and one captured, to be redeemed ten years later; four daughters killed that day; one daughter captured and taken to Canada, never to return. A step-daughter, Mary Williams Brooks, and a son-in-law, Phillip Mattoon, captured and killed on the march; a grandchild, infant Mattoon, killed in the attack. Earlier in 1703, a son and stepson captured and taken to Canada, where one escaped and the other died captive. One might well imagine the burden of these tragedies contributing to Godfrey's death sometime early in 1705. 

I am presently working on a fibre art work that will be on exhibit at you me gallery, 330 James St. N., Hamilton, ON, Canada from April 10 to 26, 2015.  And I am also working on a performance project that will occur at you me on the afternoon of April 26, 2015. 

Abigail may have been captured and survive but she suffered the loss of her twin sisters who had turned 5 the previous day...

To commemorate Abigail and the walk in September 2014, I have much stitching to do!

Lamothe, M. Fleur-Ange,
Ce fût un coup de coeur, 2014-'15,
a sourced made-in-Canada wool & fur coat, wool yarn, collected stones, plastic,
size 12

(detail photo to come)

Lamothe, M. Fleur-Ange,
performance project

I have much stitching to be done between now and April 10th!

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