I come from a long line of quilt makers. Both of my Grandmothers made quilts. My Mom’s mom, Granny Jones, started a quilt when my mom was little and has never finished it. My Dad’s mother, Imogene, made all of her grandchildren quilts before she passed away. I have unfinished quilts from both of them, which I am working on finishing myself.
Quilts have a superficial history of keeping us warm as a functional item, but the history behind the materials used in quilts brings them to life in a deeper way. Quilts may contain a history of creating safe spots, forts, warm beds, memories, and picnics. Photographing the quilts brings the history and memories they carry with them to another level of preservation. It also preserves the tradition of quilting in my family, so that after the quilts are gone and no one quilts anymore, there will still be a memory of them around.
In “Warm Geometry”, I have photographed both the finished quilts I own and the pieces that have yet to be assembled. Imogene or I made all of the finished quilts. In the more abstract photographs of the quilt blocks and pieces, I looked at how the patterns on the materials interacted with the design of the quilt block they were put into. The finished quilts took on anthropomorphic forms when I photographed them, turning them into creatures with distinct personalities, just like the distinct histories behind them.