Through the Lens of The Five-Year-Old: The Bunny at St. Susanna’s Triangle

The Five-Year-Old at work. Can you guess which picture she’s taking? It’s one of the ones I used in this post. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The sixth entry in The Five-Year-Old’s ongoing Photo Documentary series about the Dedham Public Art Project.

This week on Through the Lens, The Five-Year-Old visits Patch by Iris Sonnenschein. Local readers can find the bunny at St. Susanna’s Triangle (across from St. Susanna’s Parish at 262 Needham Street in Dedham).

Like so many of the bunny artists so far, Iris Sonnenschein typically works in another medium altogether, in this case quilts. Like me, she finds the process of matching up corners in traditional quilting to be quite a challenge. Unlike me, she actually has the skills to create artistic quilts that look like paintings.

When it came time to do a bunny, it seems only natural that Iris would paint the bunny to resemble a quilt with all those crazy perfectly matched up corners that are so hard to achieve with actual fabric. The Five-Year-Old and my favorite part of Patch are the stencils Sonnenschein painted on each color block to evoke the many tiny patterns on quilting fabric. According to Sonnenschein’s commentary about the bunny on the Dedham Square Artist Guild’s Bunny Blog, that was her favorite part too.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

From the side.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

From the other side.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

From the back.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

And your close-up.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

The Five-Year-Old, disappointedly: “Mommyo, you forgot my favorite patch.”

Oh, sorry.

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

The Five-Year-Old, forgivingly: “That’s ok. And the name.”

Photo: The Five-Year-Old

The Five-Year-Old, enthusiastically: “That’s perfect.”

Want to see more of Iris Sonnenschein’s work? According to her quilting website, she has shows in progress at:

Wishing Well Gallery
6 Tuna Wharf, Rockport, MA

Dedham Square Artist Guild
553 High St. Dedham, MA

Mass Audubon Habitat
10 Juniper Rd. Belmont, MA

Be sure to tune in next week, when The Five-Year-Old visits “Ear Ye, Ear Ye – A Tail of Dedham Pottery” by Elaine Matt Schaffner.

Patch (c) 2012 Iris Sonnenschein

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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