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Crankie Art and Music

This is my crankie version of this ballad which goes at least back to 1744, this among many others was passed along to whoever cared to listen and remember. The crankie is an art form going back before radio and TV. You can find beautiful examples done with quilting and on paper. I was inspired by the amazing work of Anna and Elizabeth. This one is backlit and frontlit to give the luminous quality. I was haunted by these lyrics and the tune. The theme of the unjust death, the community united around mourning the loss of the beloved among us. Some believe this refers to Robin Hood, others think it refers to the death of King William II (see the wiki article for details). Mourning loss and injustice, the death of our beloved members seems to me a very human response to tragedy and possibly the start to positive and lasting change.

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