Ancient cathedrals can be found all over the world, and we wanted to make a door in tribute to them. In a world where so many things happen that can't be explained, where so many aren't safe from natural disasters and some individuals choose to sabotage life for the masses, I think it's important to treasure the sacred. Especially the sacred places, wherever they might be. I loved how after 9/11 our country fell on their collective knees and suddenly it was ok to discuss God again. We needed Him.
I've visited some beautiful old cathedrals and always feel so touched that someone would put that much effort into glorifying deity. Most of the cathedrals and tabernacles I've been to weren't from my faith, but I am always impressed. Grand masters have added their paintings, sculpture, glass work. and tapestry for all to see. I remember one in Haarlem, Netherlands in particular. It had an enormous pipe organ and someone started playing while we were there. Paul and I sat down and listened for quite a long time. The sound rattled our ribs and softened our hearts. I am not gifted with playing the piano, so I appreciate those who can. That day, the world was better for that kind service in that beautiful edifice.
Our Gray Goods Cathedral Door is inspired by a holy house that means a lot to us, right here in Salt Lake City, built by our pioneer ancestors. It took over 40 years and each time I am near it, my heart feels connected to those hands who left something substantial at great sacrifice, and with no modern day tools. It gives us all food for thought about what we create now, and why, and for what purpose.
There are many photographs of these temple doors, but for our quilt block I used the watercolor art of Kristin Douglas.