Authentic Imitation

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Authentic Imitation
95 in
95 in
(241 cm x 241 cm)
Photo Credit
Cosmos Communication
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I have worked for 35 years as a patternmaker in the Garment Center of New York City. After so many years in manufacturing, I have thought a great deal about what is authentic and what an imitation is. I think about how unique Earth is. I have arranged eight vintage sacks (authentic sacks, not reproductions) as if they rotated around the image of Earth. Other spheres float around the solar system, illustrating authentic things which are surrounded by imitations and reproductions. In preparing to submit images for this project, I am struck by the visual parallel between this 2014 quilt, and my "Denim Quilt" from 1972. My obsession with collecting imagery on fabric and found object materials has been a life-long passion.
Cotton, including 8 vintage sacks with globe imagery (6 flour, 1 alfalfa, 1 cement), polyester/cotton therapeutic pillow (human heart illustration), wool plaid
Machine pieced, hand appliqued, hand quilted