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: Recycled Hope, Color Stories, Special Stories, and Nature Stories.

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



RECYCLED HOPE

The Recycled Hope an ongoing series of improvisational art quilts using recycled materials to include denim as the primary fabric on many of the pieces, combined with other recycled materials. “Hope” and the interpretation of the word “hope” is the primary theme of infused into these pieces.

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 hopeful 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.


RECYCLED HOPE I: RECYCLED ROAD

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

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.

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. 

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RECYCLED HOPE II: RECYCLED DOOR

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Photographed by Marion Shimoda

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

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 Hope series.

This door can open anywhere – to ones hopes and dreams, to futures yet to be realized, or to sweet recycled memories of the past.

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RECYCLED HOPE III: WINDOWS OF CONVERSATION

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

This textile creation in the Recycled Hope series, was inspired my hope that in order to move forward as country we need to foster open windows of conversation and respectful dialogue  between peoples of different cultures, socioeconomic statuses, ages, identities and life experiences. 

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RECYCLED HOPE IV: RECYCLED WINDOWS

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

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.

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RECYCLED HOPE V: RECYCLED LOVE

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

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.

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RECYCLED HOPE VI: BUSINESS CASUAL

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

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.

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RECYCLED HOPE VII: ALL THE TRIMMINGS

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

72.5″ L x 57.5″ W, recycled cotton fabric scraps

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

Missing my Quilting Community during the 2020 Coronavirus Quarantine and inspired by Amanda Jean Nyberg’s pattern “All Sizes”, I created a quilt from 15 years of scrap triangles collected from my quilting friends at quilt retreats and “sew dates”. Most of the scraps in this quilt are from the trimmings of blocks by many quilters as they made their quilts. Instead of going into the trash, scrap triangles compose this cozy quilt.

This piece gives me hope that someday I can return to attending quilt retreats.

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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


COLOR STORY I: FLYING TRIANGLES

Color Study 1: Reflections of Flying Triangles (2012)
Photographed by Jeremy Koons

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

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!

PART OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE’S PORTABLE WORKS COLLECTION


COLOR STORY II: SILK LANDSCAPE

Color Study 2: Silk Landscape
Photographed by Jeremy Koons

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

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE

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

PART OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE’S PORTABLE WORKS COLLECTION


COLOR STORY III: RANDOM NOT SO RANDOM

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

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

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.

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COLOR STORY IV: COLOR CHANGE

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Photographed by Jeremy Koons

53″ W x 73″ L, linen and silk

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.

PART OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE’S PORTABLE WORKS COLLECTION


COLOR STORY V: ABANDONED WATER STRUCTURE

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

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.

PART OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE’S PORTABLE WORKS COLLECTION


COLOR STORY VI: ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG – THE VESSEL

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

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.

Although we are all interconnected, at some point in each of our lives we may experiences the sensation of floating alone in space as a solitary vessel filled with our unique and private experiences. This piece represents those moments, but in a positive perspective.

I used bright and bold colors of silks with iridescence and light and a background of specially dyed graduated light to dark cotton fabric. The light that  emanates from this piece represents the iridescence that shines within each of us. When we share this light, we connect our vessels to the other human vessels floating by.

The quilting was designed to elicit the feel of something old, discovered deep in the earth, as during an archeological dig.

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COLOR STORY VII: IT’S GETTING WARM IN HERE

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

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.

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COLOR STORY VIII: THE LOUD COLOR SHIFT

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The Loud Color Shift (2016)

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

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.

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SPECIAL STORIES

The pieces in this series were created specifically for themed events/shows.


 THE LESSON & THE EQUATION

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Photographed by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

This quilt is part of the Women of Color Quilting Network’s Traveling Show – “Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the World’s Conscience

50″ W x 50″ L  cotton

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”.

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GIANT AMONG THE SEQUOIAS

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This quilt was part of the Women of Color Quilting Network’s Show – “Yours for Race and Country: Reflections on the Life of Colonel Charles Young”

40” W x 40” L, Recycled cotton batik fabric scraps, batik cotton fabric, recycled cotton and polyester batting, ink

THE STORY OF THIS PIECE:

Inspired by Brian G. Shellum’s biography, Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment: The Military Career of Charles Young (Bison Books, 2010), this piece honors the legacy of Colonel Charles Young, the first African-American Superintendent of a national park.

Floating among the trees in a mythical scene inspired by an image of a section of Sequoia National Park and by Brain G. Shellum’s book, are phrases describing the work that this groundbreaking leader accomplished during his time as Superintendent of General Grant (now Kings Canyon) and Sequoia National Parks:

  • Overseeing Operations
  • Park Superintendent
  • Clearing Trails
  • Providing Leadership
  • Stopping Livestock Grazers
  • Park Patrolling
  • Protecting Against Poachers
  • Road Building
  • Respected by the Community; and
  • Inspiring Youth

In the center of the piece, a giant Sequoia tree with Colonel Charles Young’s image surveys and protects the park. Adding a bit of whimsy to the piece, an image of a real U.S. Forest Service sign in Sequoia National Forest was creatively edited.

This piece also honors the precious natural environment of our national parks and is made primarily from recycled materials (batik fabric scraps) that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

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JIKO’S SECRET ROBE

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

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.

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SEEDS

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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.

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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. 


NATURE STORY I: TREE OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

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.

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NATURE STORY II: TREE OF NO HURRY

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Photographed by Tierney Davis Hogan

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

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.

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