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by Lauri Jones
Quilted textile with free motion stitching
20 x 19.5 x 0 in

Artist Statement

I began my creative career as a graphic designer. My life-long affection for grids and geometry is evident in my textile work. Play, planning, and improvisation define my process and help me to find harmony between traditional craft practices and a modern aesthetic. I form my initial composition through shape and color, then begin the exciting and expressive process of drawing with my sewing machine. While I work, I constantly nurture the tension between needing to having control and letting go.
Smokehouse is part of a series of small quilts called Housework that questions the ways that we view domesticity and the role of traditional craft in modern making. It is important to me that my work respects the long and storied traditions of quilt-making. Still, I strive to make work that is innovative, relevant, and provocative. In this work, the familiar language of quilt-making contrasts with my illustrative free-motion stitching to question assumptions around craft, and domestic roles.

FOR PURCHASE INFORMATION, contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or [email protected]. Download the price list here.

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