Shadow test

December 5, 2008

I’m working on perfecting this technique. This test was to determine if this type of method could work in my quilt.


After this round of testing, I realize that a hanging quilt will work best.

Thanks to Steve, Matt, and Kerry Willig, Amelia Wolfe and John.

Use Scenario Diagrams

November 24, 2008


The quilt is displayed on a wall. Four embroidered icons are softly glowing as the viewer approaches.


The viewer touches one of the icons. The lights behind the other icons turn off. Within each square on the quilt, one segment is illuminated by either color-changing pigment or embedded LEDs.


Once all the segments have changed, they slowly return to their starting state. All LED triggers are off.


The quilt returns to the start state and the LEDs behind the triggers turn back on.

Display options

November 17, 2008

I’ve been considering different display options for my final artifact. One option is to use a quilt rack. My dad builds quilt racks as gifts so I’m very familiar with their structure. I like the idea of using a quilt rack, because the quilt drapes over the side of the rack. A concern or area to be exploited, is that quilts are folded when placed on a quilt rack. This would mean that not all of the quilt would be visible at one time. I could use this affordance to allude to the differences in versions of the story. Folding the quilt in different ways will allow different versions to be displayed.

Quilt frames are something that Drew Cogbill mentioned I look into. I like how they tightly hold quilts but I wonder if the stiffness will lessen the impact of the quilt as a flexible interface.

A final thought on the display, is to use a rocking chair. Lap quilts are traditionally used for people who sit in rocking chairs. Rocking chairs have a strong folk craft aesthetic. I may be able to encourage viewers to interact with my piece in this way. Perhaps, the call to action is to sit in the chair with the quilt on your lap. Rocking in the chair or holding the quilt in a particular way could trigger the quilt’s response.