Quilts of the 1930s

November 19, 2008

Folkart show

I visited the Lincoln Square branch of the American Folk Art Museum on 11.18.08 . The current show is about quilts that were made in the 1930s. It was a relatively small show (about 20 quilts) but the pieces they had were amazing.


The show made me think about how timely this project is. A theme that was reiterated throughout the show, was that in times of financial turmoil, people return to folk traditions. With the current state of the economy, I feel that I’m headed in the right direction.


I spent a couple hours at the show, sketching, observing and reading. It occured to me, that this form of art is not one to rush. The history, texture, and narrative of quilts are worth pondering over a long period of time. I made a decision to create my quilt with this in mind. The tech that will be embedded in my quilt will need to move slowly in order for the viewer to absorb the multiple story lines. I will start referring to my quilt as a new media, Slow Art piece.


Finally, I decided on the style of my quilt. The technique is called crazy quilt.
The squares are built out of scraps of material that are pieced together. This technique creates a great aesthetic that I believe will be perfect for my quilt. I think it could visually communicate the piecing together of traditional stories as they are retold over time and geographical distance.

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Dr. Katherine Milton is the Director of Ohio University’s Aesthetic Technologies Lab. Last week she gave me some great leads on precedents, connections, and potential areas to look to for funding. Dr. Milton also put me in touch with Jeff Lovett, an MFA student in Ohio University’s Sculpture and Expanded Media program. Coincidentilly, projects featured on Jeff’s blog are relavant to some of my class mates. Cool stuff. The links below lead to some of the precedents Dr. Milton recommended I check out.

The McDermott Sisters http://osbornedesigns.com/mcdermott/press.htm

Isa Gordon http://www.psymbiote.org

whisper[s] group at Simon Frasier University http://whisper.iat.sfu.ca/

Suzan Kozel’s CLOSER:  Performance, Technologies, Phenomenologyr http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=11337

One artist she recommended I look into is Richard Campbell, a knitter of non-traditional materials (video tape/insulated wire). He travels back and forth from Brooklyn, NY to Louisville, KY. I haven’t  been able to find anything about him online, if anyone has any information about him please let me know.

Ludica Quilting Bee

November 17, 2008

Ludica is a Georgia based group (Jacqueline Ford Morie, Tracy Fullerton, Celia Pearce, and Janine Fron) who study gender and digital games. Along with Katherine Moriwaki, they have run a couple of electronic quilting bees. Quilting bees are traditionally (for women) social, creative, & collaborative gatherings. The group thought it would be a great oportunity to introduce technology into this equation. What a great idea.

Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA is putting on a show titled ‘Kitchen Stories’ that features two quilts.


Dilla Gooch Tingley

Carlotta Michel

Childhood quilts

October 11, 2008

These are my childhood quilts that largely inspired my idea for this pictoral quilt.

Nitinol precedents

September 27, 2008

I ordered a basic starter kit and book from Reaching Insight

The SMST Society Newsletter

Talking Electronics

Dynalloy, Inc may be a source for the wire

The videos below are from XS Labs, Joanna Berzowska’s design research group.


September 15, 2008

Shape memory fabric
Nitinol Kits

Check out this sweet instillation!