The piece/s created for MadeToday are part of an ongoing series started in 2013. I was gifted an (atrocious) quilt top made entirely of leisure suits. It was the kind of quilt that every 80 year-old woman owns, made of polyester squares of hot pink, caution orange and the occasional floral monstrosity. Yet, it was strangely alluring and I welcomed the challenge of creating pieces from something so obviously discarded.
What followed is a series of thread Sketches, inspired by sections of the quilt I selectively curated. While the pieces started out as simple material studies and formal experiments in color, deeper concepts have begun to surface through the act of making. I am finding hope and comfort in taking something twice removed from its origin as a nefarious garment, the leisure suit. By redeeming these leisure suit blocks to a place where they are noticed, I am elevating them. I am finding home in the folds of forgotten things.