The MacKay Barns: Imagined

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The MacKay Barns: Imagined
25 in
42 in
(64 cm x 107 cm)
Photo Credit
Sarah Baker Forward
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In the winter months, the MacKay barns are imposing, weathered, grey structures set against a steel grey sky on a snow covered field. I imagine them in their early days boldly boasting their colour against a Spiddle Hill sunset.

The largest barn was built near Spiddle Hill, Nova Scotia, circa 1834. Owned by the MacKay family for seven generations, these silent sentinels are emblematic libraries - symbolic bearers of knowledge, memory, optimism and cooperation. They bear witness to innovative skills, industriousness and self-sufficiency; where form followed function and buildings were constructed from readily available timber and stone.
Cotton, hand painted cotton, rayon & polyester threads
Raw edge & turned appliqué, free motion quilted on domestic machine