"Tapestry" was the theme of this new mixed-use building in the Rockwood Area. I immediately thought of my grandmothers, both sewers and quilters, and how generations of women pass down the work of their hands. These 'handicrafts' are how our female ancestors imparted their stories and are a legacy to my generation of artists. As such, the patterns they use form their own sort of symbolic language, and I originally wanted to use traditional patterns from the many cultures represented in this diverse neighborhood. But after meeting local women through community art classes, I discovered that their original patterns (which have echoes of the old) are even more interesting. The final piece includes paper art designs from thirteen women, ages 7-75.
After I made the black-and-white paper cuts from all of the inspiration above, Redbat Design made the final composition and vector file, which was laser-cut and folded by David Bertman Designs, and finally installed by Security Signs.