To quilt is to stitch, sew, and design with one’s own hands. My work translates the movement of color and design, honoring traditional art of quilting and women’s-work into my own personal geometric, organic work.
My artistic practice is made up of experimentation with traditional needlework, colors, and geometric patterns.
I’ve learned many skills from my mother, who is an avid seamstress and knitter. After moving to Miami in 1999, I started sewing to express herself artistically. My pieces are influenced by and pay homage to the story-telling qualities in Americana quilts and how they can pass down skills and stories through generations.
For the 3 day Short Residency at Meta Gallery I will be sewing together a memory quilt(s) from materials I’ve collected from family, friends, and from life’s experiences. The construction process will be pinned onto the gallery walls, inviting the audience and giving them an opportunity to participate by moving pieces around, cutting shapes, or adding material.
While I am working on the Collected Memories piece at Meta Gallery, I will also be working on an ongoing project that started in my studio 8 years ago. Bring me your loved and worn through clothing that you still wear and I will patch holes, re-sew seems, replace missing buttons and mend those pesky zippers. In return, I ask for a item of barter: what ever you believe is the save value as the fix, rr an item for the Collective Memories piece.
I have been sewing and creating quilts over 10 years. My recent body of work is a series of geometric drawings that stem from my on-going interest in Folk Art Quilts. The works are on paper and linen with water-based media and embroidery, honoring the traditions and combining patterns from African-American, Amish and American quilt making. Across many of these traditions is a story-telling connection about good and evil. There was a once-common belief that human beings might offend God by making an earthly work too perfect and that evil traveled in straight lines. Quilters would turn fabric pieces around, upside-down and backwards to break monotonous patterns. I borrow African- American quilt-making traditions such as the use of improvisation, contrast, multiple patterns, and shifts in scale, thus breaking up straight lines in order to ward off evil. These techniques and traditions create movement, pattern recognition, and nostalgia.