quilts in metal

 

 

In 2008, while travelling around Massachusetts and Vermont, I noticed all the closed factories and the implied loss of jobs and income.  At the same time, there were signs in yards reading, "Quilts for sale", a different source of income.  The dichotomy sparked the idea of combining the "masculine" industrial waste material that I had collected with the "feminine" art of quilting.

 

Using shapes of automotive scrap, shed tin, gutters, advertising signs, and other found material, cut by hand, punched with a drill press and sewn with assorted wires in various quilting stitches, I recycle waste material into quilts.  Although some of the patterns are free-form, I mainly use traditional quilt patterns such as Tumbling Blocks, Star, Pyramid, and Chinese Coins or base the designs on patterns from historic tiled floors.  The colors used in each quilt depend on what I have collected, so most quilts, as they progress, take on their own character.

Beautiful Wall
Beautiful Wall

24" x 30"

Pillow
Pillow

12" x 12"

Pillow
Pillow

12" x 12"

Pillow
Pillow

12" x 12"

Pillow
Pillow

12" x 12"

Pillow
Pillow

12" x 12"

random blocks headin' for the light
random blocks headin' for the light

60" x 30"

navajo sunset
navajo sunset

58" x 32"

Blue Diamond
Blue Diamond

42" x 42"

Chinese coins/winter sunrise
Chinese coins/winter sunrise

72" x 32"

crazy quilt
crazy quilt

43" x 57"

crazy quilt detail
crazy quilt detail
diagonal
diagonal

36" x 36"

sicilian
sicilian

35" x 42"

intricate quilt (crow)
intricate quilt (crow)

70" x 64"

rust quilt
rust quilt

43" x 57"

rust quilt detail
rust quilt detail
green quilt
green quilt

42" x 44"

mason's quilt
mason's quilt

31" x 42"

mason's quilt detail
mason's quilt detail
blue quilt
blue quilt

42" x 42"

blue quilt detail
blue quilt detail
star quilt
star quilt

42" x 42"

pyramids
pyramids

31" x 36"

blue diamond
blue diamond

42" x 42"

winter birches/chinese coins
winter birches/chinese coins

30" x 60"

spring birches
spring birches

36" x 42"

fountain
fountain

13" x 42"

hourglass pillow
hourglass pillow

12" x 12"

runaway pillow
runaway pillow

12" x 12"

pinwheel pillow
pinwheel pillow

12" x 12"

gameboard pillow 2
gameboard pillow 2

12" x 12"

gameboard pillow 1
gameboard pillow 1

12" x 12"

tumbling blocks
tumbling blocks

12" x 12"