Quilt 46

H 138cm x W 126cm
Cotton and Silk


This quilt is the second in a series of three quilts that we have made that respond to three Irish work shirts we were given, each worn to its limits, rich with the patina of much love and toil. Each of the three quilts uses one of the shirts in its entirety. Once unpicked we have reconstructed the shirt to occupy both the front and back of the quilt. In this case on the front of the quilt we have pieced the pattern shapes back together, leaving no ‘air’ between them. Like with Quilt 30, that suggests a figurative form in the negative spaces, in this case, in the absence of space between the pieces, the collective ‘positive’ shapes suggest the form of a bust. The shapes themselves are only recognisable by the fading through wear, contrasting with the dark hidden seams that have appeared in the unpicking. The same principle is applied to the reverse of the quilt, which combines all residual pieces of the shirt.