collage by monica brand
collage by monica brand
 
“We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action” 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Global culture is patchwork. The art form spans the world, from ancient times to modernity. It can be found among the contemporary relics of the Seminole tribe of Florida and unearthed in the Kawandi quilts created by the Siddi of Karnataka in South West India. The practice of patchworking is a historical yoke. The well traveled tradition links us back to ancient Egypt and its awe-inspiring tombs, which housed the Pharaoh’s handcrafted textiles. It is a bridge to the empires of China whose patchwork blankets provided padding and warmth. International craft as custom.
 
Patchwork is a metaphor for today’s times. A medley of bliss and bleakness. Harmony and anarchy. The rhythm of human life. Like the salvaged patches of an old American quilt, we take ideas, inspiration, and lessons and weave them into something new.
 
Vibrant, individualistic yet traditional, loaded with symbolic significance, we are bound together nationally and ancestrally in our need to express and share our own unique perspectives from our places on the map.

-Gina DellaGioia


July 2012