Romance of Mining

Most of the quilts I’ve made have been highly structured, and this piece was an homage to relinquishing control. This conceptual quilt explores how the grid—which is inescapable in our human infrastructure—is an illusion that we use to help us attempt to tame our wild natural surroundings.

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I have been attracted to the notion of the grid in land use before, as seen in my Flyover Quilt series. In this case, it was attempting to make a quilt that abandoned the use of a grid, with pieces that were entirely organic and without preconceived structure.

The fabrics too are dyed in unconventional ways. I attempted to use the specimens from my mining field trips to influence the dying. While it varied in success (rust shibori worked well for the orange colors, but working with salt, potash, and coal had less pronounced results), the labor was a part of the creative process.

The Romance of Mining is a body of work that explores the intersection of natural history, land use, and the human impulses for love, control, and conflict. This work was made possible by Epicenter.