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May Quilting

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I have been obsessed with quilts for a while now…  But I recently started my first patchwork quilt, sewing it all by hand, which might have been an odd choice – but it allows me to watch movies/TV shows at the same time so….

During my time working on my 2011 ArtPrize Project “PatchWork” — a curated mending as art collection, I was doing a lot of research on the history of mending and patchwork, and some of the best and most intriguing documentation I found was on Quilting.

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Here are a couple of books I recommend on the subject.

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Quilt by Ella Mae Irby, 1923-2001.

The tradition of quilting is uniquely important among needle crafts. We are born in quilts and we die in quilts, they provide warmth, comfort, and safety thoughout our lives.

I was invited to be a part of the Shared Space Studio summer artist residency by the contemporary quilt and textile artist is Eliza Fernand. Checkout her work in her current Kickstarter project.

I am really looking forward to collaborating with her!

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Another quilter I am really into right now is Maura Grace Ambrose and her brand Folk Fibers. Each of her quilts is stitched by hand and she dyes a lot of her fabric herself, using homegrown and foraged plants.

Front-Page-Scrap-Flag-Quilt_grandeQuilt by Maura Grace Ambrose.

For MUCH more quilt inspiration checkout my Pinterest board Quiltz.

Holy Places & Sacred Spaces

Photo by Drifted Abound

One of the things I find most inspiring, is the beauty that comes with years and years of use and love, the way a beloved sweater gets mended again and again or how a dinner table  becomes worn down by all the meals it has held.

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Things seem to take on the energy of their owners, and if the things you surround yourself with reflect you & your life doesn’t that make you a more potent person?

Photo by Anabella Papa

This may be why creative people are so drawn to vintage, antique, and old things, they hold a powerful energy that only becomes magnified over time.

Photo by enhabiten check out her shop to!

I choose to make art//craft with recycled materials, I could say it’s because they are generally cheaper or that it’s better for the environment – and that is part of the reason — but mostly I use them because they inspire me.

Photo by Faythelevine

Photo by nomansslave

I create, I am an artist, but time is an artist too.

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.
~Charles Caleb Colton

Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.
~Max Frisch