Behind the Darkness Is Light – Dawn Piasta, Dauphin, Manitoba

by Allison Wilbur on July 10, 2013

Behind the Darkness is Light, by Dawn Piasta of Dauphin, Manitoba


Behind the Darkness is Light

Dawn Piasta

Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada


The appearance of black is merely a sign of the absence of light. Without light, there would be no sight.

In researching the works of the Solar Sister non-profit organization I was drawn to a dark and mysterious photograph that simply showed the shadows of a group of women radiating from one small solar light.  It made me wonder what things I don’t see because of the darkness.  The strength, versatility, and endurance of the woman behind the light made me curious.  The unseen, the hope, the wonder, the love that is lost to the darkness; I needed to see more.

Radiant chartreuse rays emit light into the pictures that I have seen of solar light sources.  These rays illuminate faces, books, families and homes. From afar all that is seen are the bursts of light.  When viewed from close range these rays bring into view a life that is full of hope and opportunity.

Strips of natural linen and silk fabrics were woven to create a texture to the blackness.  Simple lines were drawn with one highly contrasting color.  Various shades of black thread were used to create shadows and depth. Small crystals reflect on the most important aspects of the process: the light and the eyes of the women – because without light there would be no sight.  Light creates a vision of hope for the future.

Lynda Paziuk July 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Awesome!! You are a wonderfully creative, not only with fabric, but you also have a the ability to express yourself in words. Love to see your quilts!!
Live, love, pray, quilt!!

Melisa July 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm

This is absolutely gorgeous, Dawn!!

Blanche Lefebvre July 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Beautiful! What a gift you have!!

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