The Artworks of Phyllis Kluger
A Trio Of Capes: Cape Of Good Hope


Fond of translating wordplay into fabric, Kluger combines the dual meaning of “cape” as an upper-body outer garment and a geographical formation in three highly contrasting, semicircular pieces:


Unfortunately, the Cape of Good Hope, near the southern tip of Africa, is not as blissful as its name implies.  As far back as 1488 the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, in an attempt to establish a trade route to the east, called it “Cabo das Tormentos,” Cape of Tempests, because of the often nasty storms that threaten the lives of those attempting to sail around the spot where the Atlantic and Indian oceans converge.  The quilt here, defying reality, uses interlaced rainbow arcs to celebrate the cape’s inviting name.
36½ X 74½ inches, machine pieced, hand quilted