As I’ve mentioned much lately, more time has been gifted me since May ’14 and filled with loads and loads of new learning experiences. A course in typography and late night experiments in (sometimes obscure) quilting techniques came together in this quilt.

My intention was to make a small study of trapunto (stuffed work) in extreme minimality, which isn’t the usual way one encounters the technique. It’s normally a rococo bit of frosting on a patchwork cupcake. How can one effectively use trapunto optimally minimally?

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And, well, I love text. I especially love the impact of a single word as different viewers engage with it. So what’s a good word that feels good in one’s mouth, floats in the air linquistically through sounds and connotations?

snatch

snatch.

Go ahead, say it out loud. Feel it. Consider it.

It came to mind as my neighbor practiced “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on his marimba over and over and over again one November morning. Snatch!…and then Snap!…came to mind immediately as I thought about confiscating the sticks.

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And then there’s the slang connotation that just makes me giggle. Yes, I am 12.

This natural muslin stitches up like a dream (with lines about 1/8″ apart) and then shrinks in the wash to feel like old soft linen. With red pin stripes, it reminds one of old French woven tea towels—a perfect juxtaposition for the slang, in my opinion.

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Behold, my snatch (quilt).

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It’s really fun to pet too.

See ya!

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The Details:

Materials: natural muslin
Techniques: wholecloth; trapunto (stuffed work); machine quilted; hand bound
Finished size: 43×42″
Started : November 26, 2014
Finished: November 29, 2014

Artist Statement: This minimalist design captures the puckish mood of the midcentury US counterculture movement. A direct reference to Abbie Hoffman’s “Steal This Book,” the text can be seen as instructional. On the other hand, there are many connotations of the word, including one that is often whispered in polite conversation, if not left unspoken.

The text, in Helvetica Neue, was produced using a traditional Italian trapunto (stuffed-work) technique with modern organic linear quilting fills. Overall, pink pinstripes and strategic shrinkage of the natural muslin give the feel of aged woven French linen.