Arts

From Dolls To Quilts: Bringing Pieces Of Novels To Life

Pamela Allen created "Bride Quilt," based on author Joshilyn Jackson's description of an art quilt in her book "The Girl Who Stopped Swimming."
Pamela Allen created "Bride Quilt," based on author Joshilyn Jackson's description of an art quilt in her book "The Girl Who Stopped Swimming."
Credit Courtesy of Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson has always wished for the ability to make something she read about in a novel reality.

In this installment of “Writer To Reader” on “City Lights,” the best-selling author discusses what she calls “fict-facts” (short for fictional-factuals), the objects one would get if they took something out of a book and made it real.

Fict-facts began when Jackson’s brother made her a doll that appeared in her book “Between Georgia” for Christmas. Later, being inspired by the quilt work of folk artist Pamela Allen, Jackson wrote “The Girl Who Stopped Swimming,” a book centered on an art quilter. Jackson told Allen about her work being the inspiration for the book and, after reading it, Allen decided to make real a quilt Jackson had described in the book.

Jackson’s current work in progress, “Origin Story,” is giving her another chance for the creation of fict-facts thanks to a “main character who has turned out to be an artist, of sorts.”

In addition, Jackson suggests visiting the High Museum to check out the exhibit “Seriously Silly, the Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems.”

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