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Guide My Path: A Tribute to Ken Gehle

“Guide My Path: A Tribute to Ken Gehle” is an original art quilt by Aisha Lumumba.
It is made from Ken Gehle’s shirts and features one of his photographs. It is applique’ and patchwork. It is a bed sized quilt. You can have something done just like this in memory of your loved one. Feel free to contact us for details and schedule.

Product Description

Several years ago, a photographer named Ken Gehle had a brilliant idea to photograph artists in their prospective studios. He told me that his idea was that the studio was as much a statement about the artist as the work that was produced there. Ken wanted to capture that the beauty of the artist in the studio.

I quickly signed up to be a part of his project. As all the quilters and seamstresses know, I started the awesome job of cleaning my studio for the picture. Ken came over a week before the shoot just to look around and decide the best way to shoot it. He thought the dress I was wearing was so appropriate for the picture that he asked me to wear it again the next week for the shoot. I thought to myself, I have other nice dresses. I wore it though. I didn’t think that was too much ask.

Ken had been suffering from cancer and was happy to announce that it was in remission. He explained to me that the cancer had something to do with his eyes, which was the worst thing that could happen to a photographer. He was such a gentle and focused man. Not to mention a great photographer. You can see his work at

Ken’s cancer came back and he passed in 2010. I am one of the artists featured in his book, I Now Have A Ribbon. You never know who you will meet along your journey in this life or why. I was sure my chance encounter with Ken happened for a reason.

Earlier this year(2012), I was asked to make a quilt from Ken’s shirts for their daughter. I was overjoyed to be able to be a part of such a tribute. I used one of his photographs for the center picture on the quilt, which made it even better. Just think about it, a quilt made from his very own shirts and from one of his very own photographs. I chose the lighthouse picture after seeing the colors of shirts I had to work with. His wife said that it was her favorite picture. It just kept getting better.

Let me count it up again: his shirts, his photography, and now his wife’s favorite photo. I hit the jackpot. It’s just the kind of tribute I’d love to have made for my children when I’m gone. I felt so honored to be entrusted with this work.

I used a few of his red colored shirts to make the lighthouse and then a beige shirt to make the small house. Of course the sky fabric is a commercial fabric that I picked up. Ken had a lot of green and blue shirts. So after I used all the blue shirts making the water, I saved the leftovers for the background. My first thought was that I was going to mix a little of the red shirts in with the green ones for the background. When I got to the background the green and blue felt better, so I left the red ones out.

Additional Information

Weight 3 lbs

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