Art Quilt Stories

“The storyteller is the person who creates an atmosphere in which wisdom reveals itself” – Barry Lopez

Currently I have four (4) story series for my art: Color Stories, Recycled Denim Stories, Stories My Father Told Me, and Nature Stories.

If you would like to read my overall Artist Statement for my work please see this page – Artist Statement.


COLOR STORIES

The Color Stories series of art quilts are vibrant colored compositions, created from cottons or recycled textiles including silks, wools and linens.

Many of the recycled silks and linens are from samples and remnants from couture fabrics from the 1990’s European textile houses of Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini and D’Este (For more see the Quilting Meets Couture page, Guadalupe Designs). 


COLOR STORY I: FLYING TRIANGLES (2012)

Color Study 1: Reflections of Flying Triangles (2012)
Color Story I: Flying Triangles (2012). Recycled garment silks. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

45 ” W x 44.5″ L, silk & linen garment scraps pieced on muslin foundation

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; long-arm machine quilting by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

A large assortment of recycled colorful silks and linen samples laying before me inspired this piece. All the colors, patterns and textures all spoke at the same time and suggested numerous exquisite combinations. At times my mind was working faster than my hands could put combinations together!


COLOR STORY II: SILK LANDSCAPE (2012)

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Color Story II: Silk Landscape (2012). Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

36″ W x 23″ L, silk and linen garment samples

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; long-arm machine quilting by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE

While creating this piece I imagined a recycled silk and linen landscape of a dense magical forest of color.


COLOR STORY III: RANDOM NOT SO RANDOM (2012)

Color Study 3: Random not so Random (2012)
Color Story III (2012). Photographed by Jeremey Koons.

24″ W X 33″ L , linen and silk garment samples

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; long-arm machine quilting by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

The story of this piece is one of experimentation in assembling random pieces, which became less random and more cohesive in design as the piece progressed.

This might mirror the human experience as we piece together our lives in what feels like a “life experiment”. Events in our life journey might appear random but on deeper inspection or in hindsight are not random and become cohesive.


COLOR STORY IV: COLOR CHANGE (2012)

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Color Story IV: Color Change (2012). Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

53″ W x 73″ L, linen and silk

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; long-arm machine quilting by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

I was ready to change my color story – I had been working in a bright and bold palette of silk and linen garment samples and scraps for the “Color Story” series.

While looking through the entire collection of Italian silk, linens and wool scraps, I noticed a pile of brown silks that another textile artist put aside for a piece she was working on. This pile of inspired me to change my color story and explore dark deep rich colors with brown as the focal color.


COLOR STORY V: ABANDONED WATER STRUCTURE (2015)

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Abandoned Structure (2015).

40″ L x 18″ W, recycled silk garment scraps, specially dyed cotton fabric

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; long-arm machine quilted by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

An abandoned power plant along a river in Oregon and the austere decay of the weather worn structure inspired this piece. It inspired my piecing of recycled silk garment sample scraps into a gray tonal variegated cotton background; I wanted to capture decaying structure and the water flowing around it from the original photograph. As technological progress is made and people migrate to urban areas, there is beauty to be found in the historical weather worn abandoned structures left behind.

Purchased by the City of Seattle for their Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection


COLOR STORY VI: ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG – THE VESSEL (2015)

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Color Story VI (2015).

33″ L x 26 1/2″ W, recycled silk garment scraps, specially dyed cotton fabric

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; long-arm machine quilting by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

We could consider the human experience as interconnected yet individual vessels moving through time and place. The iridescence in the piece reflect the light that shines within each of us, growing brighter as we share our collective experiences.

I pieced recycled silks to float in a tonal variegated cotton background. The quilting was designed to elicit the feel of something old, discovered deep in the earth, as during an archeological dig.


COLOR STORY VII: IT’S GETTING WARM IN HERE (2015)

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It’s Getting Warm In Here (2015)

29.5” W x 20.50” recycled cotton fabric scraps and beads

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; long-arm machine quilting by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

Warm and bold colors evoke the sense of a rising heat.

Strong reds, oranges, yellows evoke rising heat in their improvisational design, while blues and purples cool down the piece slightly so the heat does not build too quickly.


COLOR STORY VIII: THE LOUD COLOR SHIFT (2016)

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18” W x 14.25” L, recycled silks and linen remnants

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

I floated miniature square-within-a-square log cabin blocks in recycled bright fuchsia raw silk.

The color loudly “shifts” in this piece from quiet soft muted browns to vibrant blues, yellows and a loud powerful shocking fuchsia pink.

 


RECYCLED DENIM STORIES

Recycled Denim Stories is an ongoing series of improvisational art quilts using denim as a primary fabric combined with other recycled materials.


BUSINESS CASUAL (2015)

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Business Casual  (2015).

48″ L x 27″ W, recycled jeans, wool blanket & menswear wool suiting scraps

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; long-arm quilting by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

Working in a downtown Seattle office in the 1990s the required dress code was dresses, skirts or suits for women; and suits and ties for men. The concept a less formal, more comfortable dress code known as “business casual” was slower introduced in the late 1990s and eventually evolved to become the standard dress code in the 2000s.

Using recycled materials, I wanted to create a piece that represents the transition from formal business attire to business casual, which in my employer’s office today includes blue jeans.

Using recycled denim jeans, wool shirting remnants and mens suiting wool manufacturing remnants, I created a quilt to represent the evolution from a rigid standard of business attire to casual yet office appropriate comfort.

THE RECYCLED DOOR (2016)

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The Recycled Door (2016). Photographed by Marion Shimoda.

18” W x 40” L, recycled jeans, various recycled clothing, and recycled home decor fabric

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; long-arm machine quilting by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

Inspired by a door on Australian door and window manufacturer’s website – Brisbane Timber, I imagined a door made with recycled textiles instead of wood for my Recycled Denim Stories series.


THE RECYCLED ROAD (2017)

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The Recycled Road (2017)

18″ W x 40″ L  recycled denim, corduroy, cotton jersey, wool and rayon.

Designed, pieced and hand quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

Inspired by the theme of “Pathways” for the 2017 Central Oregon SAQA group annual art quilt exhibit, the story of this art quilt from recycled denim and recycled clothing is the story of the many roads traveled by the creative spirit.

The road in this quilt represents one of many roads traveled by our creative spirit. The “pathway” starts at the orange corduroy boundary between the multicolor “road” and the plain gray “road”; and continues beyond the top edge of the quilt. It has no boundaries beyond the limits we set on our own imagination.

Using improvisational piecing techniques, this piece is created exclusively from recycled materials (denim jeans, corduroy shirt, corduroy pants, tweed jumper, sweat pants, curtains and home decor fabric scraps. Seeking a bit of adventure in working with recycled clothing, I used an old pair of faded and threadbare gray sweat pants to create the edges of the road. I hand quilted the piece to give it an organic feel. Hand quilting the recycled fabrics was an unique multilayered and meditative tactile experience.

Most of the fabrics were not reusable as clothing or home decor and were destined to end up in a landfill. Reimagining recycled clothing and other materials into art quilts satisfies my desire to honor the environment and make art that is eco-conscious. Ending up in an art quilt is a better outcome than ending up in a landfill!


THE RECYCLED WINDOWS (2017)

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The Recycled Windows (2017)

18” W x 39″ L, recycled clothing, recycled denim, and recycled home decorating fabric

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

If you peek inside the window to my creative heart you will see it filled with a desire to reuse, repurpose, and reimagine materials which otherwise would have been discarded. Part of my Recycled Denim Stories Series, this piece blends a corduroy shirt and pants, denim jeans, sweat pants, a tweed jumper, an old curtain, and home decorating fabric sample scraps into an assemblage of window-like structures.


THE RECYCLED LOVE (2018)

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The Recycled Love (2018).

18” W x 40″ L, recycled clothing, recycled denim, and recycled home decorating fabric

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

The first law of thermodynamics states that the total amount of energy in a system cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another. A quilt is made from changing the existing “love energy” from the quilt maker’s heart into a pieced textile; ultimately recycling that love energy into the quilt’s recipient heart.


THE ADDITIONAL CONVERSATIONS (2018)

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Additional Conversations (2018).

55” W x 59” L, recycled jeans, various recycled clothing, and recycled home decor fabric

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; long-arm machine quilting by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

This art quilt in the Recycled Denim Stories series, was inspired by the remaining recycled materials used in several previously created pieces in this series. The materials “spoke” to me and asked to become “Additional Conversations” in the recycled denim series.

The “+” signs in the quilt might represent the addition of various recycled materials, fabrics, or colors combinations as the piece evolved.

 


STORIES MY FATHER TOLD ME

My father, Raoul A. Davis, Sr. was an amazing man. He passed in 2008, and left behind a legacy of stories and inspiration. Born of the 4th of July, he was the son of two teachers and grew up the segregated South in the 1930s. Starting from my earliest memories as a child, I remember him telling me inspirational, poignant and humorous stories of his challenges growing up in the segregated South and as a young African American man during the turbulent 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He faced many hardships and challenges but always forged ahead to achieve his goals and dreams.

I am currently working on a series of quilts honoring these stories that shaped and inspired me. The full story behind this series can be found on my tierneycreates blog in the post Stories My Father Told Me.

THE LESSON & THE EQUATION (2016)

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The Lesson and The Equation (2016). Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan.

50″ W x 50″ L  cotton

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

“Article I: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” – U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article I of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights resonates the values that my father instilled in my siblings and me, as young children. My father grew up in the segregated South in the 1940s and embraced at an early age that change comes from respectful dialogue, not violence.

He taught us that regardless of what adversity we faced in life, we must face it with grace; and treat others with respect, dignity, and brotherhood. The foundation for a life lived embracing the values illustrated in Article I, begins at home, modeled and mentored by the adults in a child’s life. (THE LESSON)

In this quilt, a father (modeled after my own father in the 1970s) is teaching his children, on the main blackboard, THE EQUATION to achieving a world in which people are Free and Equal: Reason + Conscience = Spirit of Brotherhood

The two individual blackboards, “Dignity” and “Respect”, are the building blocks of the Free & Equal equation. I am from a family of educators, beginning with my great-grandfather. The blackboards in the quilt honor that legacy.

My father also taught us another key lesson, which is best expressed in the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet”.

 


NATURE STORIES

Nature Stories is an ongoing series of art quilts exploring the natural world or human nature. Reoccurring themes are natural structures such as trees; and natural experiences such as  growth and evolution in relation to a human’s intellectual, emotional, and spiritual journey. 


JIKO’S SECRET ROBE (2015)

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Jiko’s Secret Robe (2015). Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

17.25” W x 40.25” L, kimono panel, cotton fabric

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

This piece was inspired by Ruth Ozeki’s Novel – A Tale for the Time Being.

In the novel, the protagonist Nao’s great grandmother, Jiko, is a humble and wise 100+ year old Buddhist nun who wears simple robes and lives a simple life. Jiko however carries in her being – powerful history, mysteries, and depths of understanding of her place in the universe.

Beginning with a printed kimono panel, this piece represents Jiko’s “secret robe” – a robe not visible to the eye but visible to the soul. It represents the complexity, turmoil and beauty of her spirit, her experience, her wisdom and her great compassion for all beings and the earth upon which they dwell.


TREE OUTSIDE MY WINDOW (2015)

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Tree Outside My Window (2015).

48″ W x 68″ L  cotton and cotton batiks, inks

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan, quilted by Guadalupe Designs

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

Every morning I have a cup of tea and sit in the front window looking at the trees outside my window and a sense of peace washes over me.

This piece began with a series of small experiment blocks using muted colors.  Expanding the blocks, I added in trees created using fabric surface design techniques, and framed the blocks in an abstract wood grain-like fabric.


THE TREE OF NO HURRY (2017)

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Tree of No Hurry (2017)

25.5” W x 27” L, cotton fabric, embroidery floss

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

How often do we hurry about in our lives attempting “to do” everything we feel we must accomplish?

This quote by ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu reminds us that a force as powerful as Nature (with a “to-do list” greater than we could imagine) does not hurry and still gets the important stuff accomplished.


SEEDS (2017)

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Seeds (2017).

My Women’s March banner, Seeds, is based on a Mexican proverb and the banner is currently in a national traveling exhibit called Still They Persist: Protest Art of the 2017 Women’s Marches. It is featured in a book about the exhibit by the same title published by the FemFour.


All images and works are property of Tierney Davis Hogan, and cannot be used without her permission. ©