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The Change

Canadian Connection

By: Jackie Alcock

The Change, Porthole 1, 23 1/2" round.  Designed and hooked by Jackie Alcock, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada, 2011. 

The Change is a subtle and humorous look at middle age and menopause. From a distance, the viewer sees six large portholes hanging on the wall. The viewer looks through the portholes and sees a woman of a certain age standing on a wharf, looking out to sea at a passing iceberg. From porthole to porthole, the viewer witnesses the woman’s transformation as she realizes that the change of life is now upon her. She takes action, and the viewer follows her story. The iceberg represents passing time—both the regrets and the joys. Life is as fleeting as the melting ice. One must go for its cooling comfort or be left behind. Jackie has even made a fun comic book of her experience hooking this rug.

This article is from the June/July/August 2012 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.


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