These four pieces are part of a series of mine called 'I am from...' based on a poem of the same name written about where I grew up and incorporates family traits, sayings and traditions.
'I am From ... I'
I hand dyed the fabrics to get the colours I needed. The yellow is the same colour as road signs here in New Zealand. The letters are all appliqued. These are some of the streets I have lived on. (not all - the quilt would have been huge if I had included all of them).
In this quilt I printed out street maps of the area where I lived onto fabric and joined them together and then cut it out in the shape of me as a toddler. The background of this quilt has the words of the poem machine embroidered into the back ground. It took aaaages.
I was reading a book by Jill Berry called Personal Geographies about making personal maps and wondering how I could incorporate a map into my series. I was staring at the map of New Zealand and suddenly saw the South Island as a dress, so I had a high resolution image printed onto fabric by Spoonflower I used text fabric as the flesh and, of course, she has to have sun glasses on (as I always wear sun glasses).
This quilt is an abstract street map of the part of town I grew up in. It is made using a technique for 'skinny piecing' I learned in a class with Rosalie Dace