50" H x 48" W
Heat transfers and embroidery
on satin, silk, velvet and brocade.
Keweenaw means the crossing place, or the place where we traverse
a point of land on foot.
Keweenaw waterway charts and topo maps are surrounded by red sandstone
buildings and mining ruins I photographed in Houghton and Hancock, the
twin cities at the bridge to the Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula
of Michigan. Francis Jacker, my great great grand uncle, described Portage
Lake in 1862 as he sailed from his home near Jacobsville to Raspberry
Island in the Apostles where he was the lighthouse keeper.
embroidery on border:
After rounding Pilgrim's Point and skirting Dollar
Bay, where Shelden's sawmill was situated, the lake narrowed rapidly and
the shores rose to a greater height. Two mining towns spring into
view. A medley of small houses... jumbled about as if broadcast
and struggling for a foothold on the rocks. Besides the two stamp
mills with their smoke-begrimed chimneys, there is not a single building
of prominence or construction other than wood. The forest encroached
upon the outskirts of the town in every direction. Francis
(Francis Jacker was my great-great-grand Uncle)