Based in Glasgow and London, and as close friends, we have 30 years shared interest and experience in architecture, art, food and fashion. Over the years we have developed a way of seeing that is described in these quilts, both through their execution and their materiality. We produce objects that describe our united sensibilities.

Our handsewn architectural quilts have been put together using our personal collection of clothing from amazing people, who have loved each piece for a reason. From cotton kimonos worn to paper by Annabelle’s father, ancient Plantation shirts by Issy Miyake, worn by mother then daughter until the indigo has faded to almost white in part, to a skirt designed by April Crichton for the first collection of Sonia By Sonia Rykiel. Our interest in each piece of fabric ranges from its historical significance, it’s emotional attachment, to the quality produced by the wear of its owners.

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Whilst taking inspiration from traditional American and Japanese quilt making techniques, we are not bound by them. Instead we bring many outside influences and contradictions to their construction. The shapes of the deconstructed clothes might inform the patterns and where traditional quilting follows the grain of the fabric we delight in going against the grain.

Taking 100s of hours to produce, each quilt is a unique object that tells its own layered story. The initial idea or subject, the selection of materials (the clothes, the people) the form it takes, the back of the quilt’s relationship to the front and how these two are bound by the hand quilting that overlays all of these. It is the intimacy and connection of working closely and by hand with each quilt that forms the bind between the fragments of clothing, their memories and their histories.

A shirt worn and loved for different reasons, whether for celebration or utility, is taken apart. These pieces are then reconstructed by us to form a new story. These stories are brought to life by the movement of the hand stitching across the quilt – it’s repetition, it’s skill, it’s forgivingness, it’s fallibility.