Following my art quilt, Redacted, this next one contains some of its pieces. The catalyst was the letterpress printing from wood type on black cotton; I had a few "pages" left over and cut them into squares. But what form would they take? I thought again of boxes and the traditional pattern of tumbling blocks. The traditional pattern was slightly different, with parallelograms instead of squares. Could I do that with this? Precision is not my middle name. It was a terrific (and I use that adjective because it is close to, but just misses, "terrible") sewing challenge for me, and I learned a lot.
A few ideas converged. From proving you are not a robot ("select all boxes with traffic lights," for example) to choosing a mate ("he/she/they checked all the boxes") to searching the former president's residence – you gotta check all boxes. The printed type originally said four words: confidential, classified, secret, and sensitive.
Check All Boxes
28"w x 23"h (56 cm x 59.7 cm)
hand-dyed cotton; letterpress printing from wood type and linocuts on cotton; Japanese cotton; hand and machine quilted
Hand-stitched a little here and there to denote interiors of the boxes.
Forgot to post this photo of a version of the tumbling blocks I recently saw painted on some barriers on Main Street in Santa Monica.