Embedded Appalachia in Quilted Pattern ・ Aaron McIntosh・ Quilting
Quiltmaking and quilt patterns are full of history, narrative and secrets. Looking to the quilt medium as an exchange-place for ideas concerning identity, we will investigate our own pieced-together Appalachian identities. Students will select a quilt pattern that is personally relevant and work to piece other aspects of their identity into the pattern. We will explore the digitally-printed image on fabric as a key tool for embedding ourselves in the patchwork. The basic structure of a quilt, including piecing, layering, quilting and stitching techniques will be covered, as well as DIY and commercial options for digital fabric printing. While a small to medium-sized wall-hung quilt is expected for the course, more ambitious projects are welcome and encouraged! Open to all skill levels.
Aaron McIntosh is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work mines the intersections of material culture, family tradition, sexual desire and identity politics in a range of works including quilts, sculpture, collage, and writing. His exhibition record includes numerous solo and group exhibitions and his critical writing has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, the Surface Design Journal, and the Journal of Modern Craft. He currently lives and works in Montréal, where he is Associate Professor of Fibres/Material Practices at Concordia University.