My Art Goes To School

Yes, my quilts go to school in North Clackamas, Oregon!

About a year ago, in the fall of 2018, Cindy Detchon, Executive Director, Community Relations of the North Clackamas School district contacted me about using my art in a new public school. She asked if I would be interested in having images of some of my forest themed quilts turned into vinyl panels to be installed on the walls of a new elementary school they were building in Happy Valley, North Clackamas.

This school is named after Beatrice Morrow Cannady, the first one in North Clackamas to be named after a woman or a person of color. She was a renowned civil rights advocate in early 20th-century Oregon with nearly 25 years of fighting as a leading activist.

Of course I was very excited about this project. Even though I was a little bit concerned about the resolution requirements for these large panels, I was ready to work with the team!

So, early this year, in January 2019, we set a meeting at my studio with Cindy and Brett Lundmark, Project Designer with BRIC Architecture, Inc. They showed me drawings of the school and the potential walls where the images would be installed. We reviewed images of my quilts, dimensions, colors and resolutions and came up with a few quilt candidates.

Over the next few months we continued back and forth emailing of images and renderings. Some images looked great on paper and on the screen, but unfortunately I did not have the resolution required and taking new photos was out of the question as these quilts had been sold and where out of my reach. Here are some examples of quilts that did not make it:

So I continued working with Brett and we finally settled on “Snow and Ash” and “Afternoon Glow”, a winter scene and a fall scene. I was delighted!

The next few months were busy as everyone was working hard to meet deadlines. Then, in July, I received the notice that the school was ready and the opening had been scheduled for late August.

I wasn’t able to attend the grand opening but Cindy kindly offered to give me a personal tour of the school. I was captivated by the beautiful setting, the natural surroundings and the open design, providing so much natural light to the classrooms, halls and common areas.

You can visit the school’s website for info, photos and a video of the opening ceremony here

Two stairways lead to the upper floor of the school and that is where images of my quilts decorate the walls, Snow and Ash on one side of the school and Afternoon Glow on the other side.

It was a pleasure to work with Cindy and Brett and I feel so honored to have my work on the walls of the Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary School. I can see how they integrate the school with its natural surroundings, adding to the peaceful setting, and providing a splash of color.

Both of our kids attended public schools and I am very happy to be able to make a small contribution to the system.


Virginia Hammon (Oct 31, 2019)

How exciting! I love that the school is adding art, and I love that it is textile art, and I love that it is your art!

Reinald Van De Walle (Oct 28, 2019)

Me gusta mucho la simbiosis de tus trabajos con el ambiente escolar, y el título del artículo lo confirma y reafirma. .Quedó fantástico. Enhorabuena Sis, toy inflao!!

Mary Ann Sommerset (Oct 18, 2019)

These beautiful art quilts will speak to all the children. Art is such an integral part of a well-rounded education. Kudos to all involved in this endeavor…especially you Hilde!

Stone (Oct 15, 2019)

Hilde, this is such an inspiring setting to showcase your fabulous work. What a fortunate community to receive it! Congratulations on recognition well deserved —

Ana Buzzalino (Oct 15, 2019)

Congratulations Hilde! Beautiful work for a beautiful building. What a well deserved honour! All the best

Gerrie Congdon (Oct 15, 2019)

Wow! This is spectacular!

Allison Lockwood (Oct 15, 2019)

Congratulations Hilde! What a great affirmation of your beautiful work.

Sally Wilson (Oct 15, 2019)

Your quilts are breathtaking and I love that your art will influence students in a beautiful way. My heart is smiling, Hilde 🥰😘.

Christine Lentz (Oct 15, 2019)

What a lovely gift you have given to the children & education. Truly beautiful!

Ellen Spellman (Oct 15, 2019)

Gorgeous quilts, a creative idea, and great inspiration for school children! Congratulations!

Lisa (Oct 15, 2019)

I LOVE your work.

Judy Anderson (Oct 14, 2019)

They look beautiful. Congratulations. We’ll deserved.

Barbara Wyse (Oct 14, 2019)

Congratulations, Hilde! Your art images are incredibly stunning and in such a beautiful setting! I am imagining all the children who will be passing by those beautiful forests for many years. They will surely benefit from being exposed to the beauty and creativity of your art.

Joan Nagel (Oct 14, 2019)

The panels are SO beautiful. I wish I could visit the school to see them. The design of the school is very impressive. You should make notecards from these panels.

Peg High (Oct 14, 2019)

If I were still teaching I would want to teach in that school so tat I could view your beautiful art every day, especially Afternoon Glow!

Franki Kohler (Oct 14, 2019)

Stunning work in a beautiful setting. Congratulations! You are paving the right path for fiber art and all who make it. Thank you.

Gabriela Webb (Oct 14, 2019)

Badass, Mami!!! That is so cool!

Gail MacIntyre (Oct 14, 2019)

How wonderful! Perfect setting for amazing art. In a building named for a strong woman who made a difference. Good for them - and good for you. I am always inspired by your work and spirit. Congrats!

Frances Shireman (Oct 14, 2019)

Hilde, this is so fabulous! I so love your art! This is so good for civil rights, di ersity, women s talents, hope for future generations!!!! What can I say? You are terrific, and so inspiring! Congratulations on your success. Franci

toni f. Smith (Oct 14, 2019)

congrats! So very cool!

Marilyn Colyar (Oct 14, 2019)

I love it when schools see the need and good purpose of having art displayed in school to inspire young creative minds. No better art could be found than your beautiful quilting images! Thanks for sharing.

Marsha Cochrane (Oct 14, 2019)

Congratulations Hilde, what an exciting project to be involved with! Your forest quilts look amazing in their new spaces.

Barbara Dahl (Oct 14, 2019)

Your art is stunning and absolutely makes the inside of the school! Talk about promoting art and color in our schools. I’ll bet your art will inspire many kids to do more artistic projects. I love this!

Shelley O'Brien (Oct 14, 2019)

Congrats to you, Hilde! Your works of art will be something young minds see every day. Your creativity will be instilled in the school children’s minds, and all who work and visit the school, too. A wonderful legacy of which you will probably never see how it plays out in the lives that go forward from Beatrice Morrow Cannady school. We all affect each other. Thank you for sharing your success and art!

Louise (Oct 14, 2019)

What a wonderful addition to this school. You are a great inspiration to all who love fabric and fibers.

Terri Earl (Oct 14, 2019)

Those kids are lucky to have a new school and Some beautiful art work on the walls to look at.

Sally parrish (Oct 14, 2019)

Hilde your art is beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing this major event with us. Congratulations!

María M Cardona (Oct 14, 2019)

Muchas felicidades Hilde , es un orgullo que nuestro artista latinos sigan destacándose y contribuyendo en este país. Las obras son hermosas y tu trabajo es excelente.

Crystal Buckley (Oct 14, 2019)

Hilde your work is stunning ! What a gift to the students

Lorraine Wilkins (Oct 14, 2019)

What a wonderful honor for you and a gift for the students and faculty! Your work is stunning and now will reach those who may not otherwise see it and can enjoy it. Congrats!

Janneke Vanderree (Oct 14, 2019)

That school is lucky to have found you, and vice verse. Beatifull! I am curious how the process went of having these quilt “ printed”.? on vinyl?

Leslie Dickinson (Oct 14, 2019)

This is stunning, how exciting to be recognized. Your beautiful art will live on through generations of young minds. A what a beautiful location and concept. As a vinyl piece do they still have the feel of the textures you create in you pieces? Congratulations Hilde, you deserve the recognition that will come with this installation for years.

Patricia Andrews (Oct 14, 2019)

How pretty fabulous is that Hilda. Congratulations to you !

Such a great and unique contribution to this school community, Hilde! (Oct 14, 2019)

Congratulations to North Clackamas y to you as well: A very special gift for students to appreciate art at school.

Cathy Spanish (Oct 14, 2019)

Absolutely stunning! What a beautiful concept, and such a beautiful school. The students are so blessed to have this environment to help nurture their education! Congratulations!

Gayle Jessie (Oct 14, 2019)

Wow! Beautiful work! What an honor for you and I love that the children’s school experience will be enhanced through the art gracing the walls of their school!

Donna Radner (Oct 14, 2019)

They look wonderful, Hilde. So glad that your work is reaching new audiences and working so well with nature.

Elaine Millar (Oct 14, 2019)

Hilde, congratulations on this installation. It looks spectacular.

Suzanne warren (Oct 14, 2019)

What a gorgeous and inspirational addition to a new school building- reminding our youngest learners how important art is. Congratulations.

Jennifer Ward (Oct 14, 2019)

This is awesome news, Hilde!

Janet White - Redmond, OR (Oct 14, 2019)

Hilde What an honor for you! Your quilts really enhance the setting, and I love for children to be exposed to fiber art..Congratulations!

Deb (Oct 14, 2019)

A wonderful idea, light and creativity expressed in a learning environment. It looks great. Inspiring.

Mary Tabar (Oct 14, 2019)

Congratulations! Your work looks so beautiful in that school.

Melanie (Oct 14, 2019)

What a beautiful installation showcasing your forest pieces! The colors are vibrant and perfect for the spaces! Well done!

Valri Chiappetta (Oct 14, 2019)

It’s exciting news indeed that a public school would seek out art, especially fiber art, for its walls

where the children ( and adults!) can see it every day. And they did well to choose your beautiful work!

There is so much lovely detail and good design for young minds to absorb. Congratulations! I’m happy for

you and for them.

Jean Moore-Vollmer (Oct 14, 2019)

Hilde, I loved the placement and colors of the quilts ‘that did not make it’. They looked great and welcoming! Anyway, as with all your quilts and bowls, the ones that were chosen are outstanding. I am so thankful that I was able to take a couple of classes with you in Sisters. You are an outstanding fiber artist (AND A GREAT TEACHER).

Susan Sparks (Oct 14, 2019)

What an honor for you and an amazing contribution for the children!

You deserved it (Oct 14, 2019)

Your quilts are so beautiful

Ana Barra (Oct 14, 2019)

Felicidades Hilde… es un orgullo exponer tus obras… y una gran influencia para los niños de la escuela…

Bearkis (Oct 14, 2019)

Адмирации!!!Прекрасни творби!!!

Joyce Jordan (Oct 14, 2019)

Congratulations! They are beautiful. Well deserved recognition.

Linda Gribko (Oct 14, 2019)

Beautiful work and what a nice space for the kids!

Kathy Logan de Chavez (Oct 14, 2019)

What a huge honour! Congratulations! Think of the positive influence on those lucky kids!

Del Thomas (Oct 14, 2019)

Stunning work in a lovely building. Glad the kids will be exposed to such loveliness. Congratulations.

Charlie Needles (Oct 14, 2019)

Kudos! Are you the Hilde that was involved with Fibers in Motion?

Andrea Fleiner (Oct 14, 2019)

Very cool and setting the mood for learning as well as not forgetting the creative side of life. Maybe those students are going to become curious and tempted to work with fabric themselves. Congratulations from Andrea and Claudio.
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