This large art quilt asks, “Are we heroes or clowns, civilized or barbaric? And who is pulling the strings?”

This large art quilt asks, “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. Are we heroes or clowns, civilized or barbaric? And who is pulling the strings?

Quilted by hand with DMC perl cotton.
Fabrics are commercial prints, vintage garments, hand-dyed fabrics, scraps.
Size: 49″ x 60”

Price:  $1,400.

And who is pulling the strings?

The puppets are recycled fabric, from a 1950’s style gathered skirt that was obviously home-made and definitely vintage. It seemed a shame to cut it up!

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.
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.
The quilting is entirely by hand, using DMC perl cotton.
The puppet strings are repurposed from a discarded hammock.
The puppets are appliquéd onto the patchwork background

 $1,400.     

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