I'm thrilled that my friend Virginia Spiegel has accepted my piece titled, "Leafless Not Lifeless" for Collage Mania II. All the proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society. This represents my moms battle with cancer and how, against the odds, she sprang back and is a survivor of 35 years. The piece has a pale golden art paper background with squares of silk, upholstery and sheer fabrics in tones of greens, rusts and browns, these are layered and quilted to the paper background. The tree is a copper foil that has been distressed and free hand cut into tree shapes and stitched to the layered fabrics. It measures 8" x 10" and is mounted on Bristol board to reinforce the piece. Please visit Virginia's site, http://www.virginiaspiegel.com to participate in this worthy event.