Process is closely connected to materiality in that quiltmakers’ processes have always been dictated by the materials they work with, including the tools used. Evidence of these processes and the maker’s deftness in using them appear
in every cut, stitch, and fold, in how she incorporates the colors, patterns, and textures of the fabrics and threads available, and in her choice of tools and machines. These processes and materials accumulate to communicate something that is greater than the sum of all the individual acts—possibly an expression of beauty, a gesture of love or friendship, a tale, a political or religious viewpoint, or a display of her identity as a skilled needlewoman. This is the magic of process applied to materials.
Click images below to view larger and read more information about some of the quilts included in the exhibit.