"I am attaching three photos of a temari display I made for the permanent Holocaust collection at Catawba Valley Community College where I teach. The project took me longer than expected because I had to rework my design several times on a smaller thread ball. So many prototypes had to be dismantled. I transferred the final design to a 4-inch temari; the final result you see is a 5-inch ball. It is asymmetrical which provided a bit of problem solving. So that folks could see both top (Star of David) and bottom (kiku flame), I mounted the temari on to a 3-inch clear-glass candlestick which was glued to a 12”x12” piece of glass. The temari sits freely on the candlestick. At the base is rusty ring of barbed wire and a fabric Star of David on which was written 'Jude.' (The fabric star is impaled on one of the barbs.) My husband found the glass cover online. All in all, I think it turned out well. The curator of the collection is Jewish by heritage, so I gave the 4-inch temari to him.
While working on the project, I discovered the meaning of the word holocaust is 'sacrifice by fire.' The stitched Star of David was an over-under form which the curator told me is the preferred way. This I didn’t know either."
|Holocaust temari by Cindy Coleman|
|Detail of Holocaust temari by Cindy Coleman showing the mirror beneath.|
|The Holocaust display from April 8, 2013.|
|This is a recent display at Cindy's library.|