Light the Darkness

by Allison Wilbur on June 18, 2013

Light the Darkness, by Melanie Johnston and Joan Blade Johnson,                        both of Hampton, CT




Melanie Johnston and Joan Johnson

Hampton, Connecticut


The aspect of energy poverty we chose to highlight is how the lack of a steady source of power can limit access to education. Without a consistent source of light, it is challenging at best for children to read books for the purpose of doing schoolwork or merely for pleasure. Solar power can mitigate the effects of energy poverty by providing a dependable source of light contributing to greater access to education.

Our quilt consists of a large yellow-gold sun with fabric-collaged rays of sunlight in shades of yellow and blue quilted onto an iridescent “aura.” Like the rays of the sun itself…the fabric rays and decorative quilting extend to every corner of the piece. Printed in a spiral shape onto organza and layered on the surface of the sun sphere is the informational quote attributed to the U.S. Energy Information Administration: “In one second, our sun provides enough energy to meet the current needs of the entire Earth for 500,000 years.” In the bottom right corner, there is a small silhouette of a child holding an open book in one hand and an illuminating Solar Sister solar lantern in the other.

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