As designers become increasingly computer- and device-bound and our every move is traced, tracked, and recorded in 0’s and 1’s, how does the artists' relationship to craft change? When the eraser is replaced by Command + Z, how do we retain the remnants of the creative process?
As a designer by day and a seamster by night, my senior thesis project at Califrnia College of the Arts examined these questions through the medium of quilting, a traditional means of memory-keeping. The project took the form of three quilts with three accompanying books, with each quilt design determined by the technology required to produce the book—a translation of digital remnants into analog form. The Trace quilt is a record of my mouse movements while designing its accompanying book; the Monitor quilt is a record of my network, mouse, keyboard, and CPU usage; and the final quilt uses the language of quilt tying to spell I am a Maker in binary code.
All quilts were hand-constructed and machine-quilted. The books were bound, silkscreened, and sewn entirely by hand.