Quilt of the Month


March 2008

March 2008

Fingerprint Series:
#6 Detail Oriented
#8 Centering In
#9 Triple Bypass
Made by Barbara Watler
Made in Hollywood, Florida
Dated 1998-1999
35.5 x 35.5 in.
IQSC 2005.030.0002, 2005.030.0003, 2005.030.0004
Quilts in Common: Quilting Around the Globe and Across the Centuries Exhibition

Three quilts from studio artist Barbara Watler's Fingerprint Series were among the unique pieces featured in Quilts in Common, one of the exhibitions that marked the grand opening of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

Extensive and carefully planned applique of black forms on a white surface create the bold fingerprint design featured in these quilts. Watler's fingerprint series amplifies, for closer viewing, the completely unique impression formed by the texture of each individual finger. Watler says that through her work in this series she intends, "to pay homage to ordinary people who feel a loss of identity in today's 'techno' world." The quilts act as a reminder that in spite of messages that may indicate otherwise, no two persons, like no two fingerprints, are identical.