Jimmy McBride (born 1979) graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. McBride is a science fiction fan who uses quilts to create a narrative about travel in outer space. These story quilts involve an intricate design process that begins with copying an image from the Hubble Space Telescope website, then using Google Image Search and Photoshop to develop perspective. By using the cutout feature in Photoshop, McBride can break diffuse gases into planes of color, rendering the images much easier to translate into swatches of fabric from men’s shirts, which are then assembled,
sewn, quilted, and embroidered.
“I work for a shipping company called Intergalactic Transport. I travel back and forth from rock to rock carrying those two all-important gems—salt and vinegar. There’s a lot of time to kill up here so I downloaded a grandma program, and she’s been teaching me how to quilt. There’s no ‘log cabins’ or ‘poinsettias’ around so I just stare out the window until something catches my eye.”