Kristin Miller’s art quilt “Who’s In Charge Here, Anyway” asks visual question– Are we heroes or clowns, civilized or barbaric? Who’s pulling the strings?
Size: 49″ x 60″
The quilt started with the blue medallion, created in safe and predictable borders. By the fifth concentric border, I was ready to break loose, and began choosing wilder and more unsuitable fabrics, which led to increasing chaos, imbalance, and a greater visual excitement in what was becoming a large art quilt.
Fabrics printed with ladies and knaves, cartoon superheroes, and circus performers made me wonder, are we heroes or clowns, civilized or barbaric? And who is pulling the strings?
It also led me to ponder, “Who’s in charge here, anyway?” We imagine that we alone decide the direction of our lives, yet we seem to have little real influence over the greater events of the world, where chaos and unpredictability prevail.
This original quilt was sewn intuitively and without a pattern, from scraps, hand-dyed fabric, patchwork blocks, and vintage clothing. The puppets came from a home-made skirt from the 1950’s, found at a garage sale on Saltspring Island.
Improvisational patchwork and appliqué. he quilting is entirely by hand, using DMC perl cotton. The puppet strings are also DMC perl cotton. Commercial and hand-dyed cotton fabrics, vintage garments and scraps.
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