Keweenaw, 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.

Text of 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 Jacker, 1862
(Francis Jacker was my great-great-grand Uncle)