07 Oct


About a year ago the United States was slogging through a government shutdown. I went to DC and sat for a small while deconstructing an American flag as a metaphor for what I saw our congress doing. I blogged about it here. Since then, I have used those flag parts for several art quilts. One was as a base for “Dominant” which was shown in SAQA’s regional show Tarnish last May.

I haven’t shared my second piece as yet because I decided to submit it to Quilt National. Today, I found out that one of the two pieces I submitted was accepted (yay!) and so the other was rejected (also yay because now I can share it!).

DeathShroud_detail web

Death Shroud for Democracy” is constructed of a deconstructed flag, used clothing, and a vintage sheet. It should be obvious that it references the Shroud of Turin. Death Shroud expresses my frustration and disappointment with the state of American politics particularly since 2010.

Death Shroud web

I probably should have more to say about this piece, but I’m not sure I need or want to put it into words. I suspect everyone can have their own conversation with it. As for the other, somewhat related, piece that DID get into Quilt National, we’ll have to wait until May 2015 to see that one.

16 thoughts on “Shroud

  1. Congratulations on the acceptance to QN!!! I am so happy for you. I was wondering what had become of the deconstructed flag. 🙂

  2. You’re in and Gerrie might attend! Oh, my I’ve got to get myself there! Congrats to you! And this piece is fabulous!

  3. you got accepted into Quilt National? wooohoooo!!!! that is fantastic! hope you’re planning on going to see the show in Ohio that year.

  4. Kristin, this is a very interesting statement piece. Maybe making the work is the way you process the frustration at the political deadlock? It speaks to me without words.
    Congratulations on getting accepted to Quilt National! I plan on going so I’ll get to see it before the show starts traveling.

  5. Love this piece! And tying it was the perfect finish. Look forward to seeing what made it into QN–congrats.

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