"A great grandmother of Ohio described her feelings about a cover she had made for her family: "It took me more than twenty years, nearly twenty five, I reckon, in the evenings after supper when the children were all put to bed. My whole life is in that quilt. It scares me sometimes when I look at it. All my joys and all my sorrows are stitched into those little pieces. When I was proud of the boys and when I was downright provoked and angry with them. When the girls annoyed me or when they gave me a warm feeling around my heart. And John too. He was stitched into that quilt and all the thirty years we were married. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I sat there hating him as I pieced the patches together. So they are all in that quilt, my hopes and fears, my joys and sorrows, my loves and hates. I tremble sometimes when I remember what that quilt knows about me."   Discovering Patchwork - Rosamond Richardson and Erica Griffiths. 
 
   
All my joys and all my sorrows, 1990-2012 (Pattern paper, printed images and cotton)
Migration Exhibition
The American Museum in Britain
10th-17th July 2012
 
'Migration' was a show of work by studioxyz. The works responded to artefacts in the museums permanent collection, creating a dialogue between American history, the museum objects and 'Migration'

As an enthusiastic craftswoman, I found the patchwork room at the American Museum inspirational. It holds a history of emotional and physical journeys, estranged and close friendships, political and religious beliefs and a connection between women of different generations and families.

The patchworks on display are aesthetic and tactile and full of sculptural potential. As well as their physical appearance, I am intrigued by the ritualistic and almost meditative process used to make them, whether the making is done in private or as a group. However, whilst researching quilt patterns and history it was the use of paper patterns that really sparked my imagination.

At several points in history, patchwork makers have found paper expensive or difficult to source. During such times, they have resourcefully saved newspapers, letters and catalogues to use as patterns. The paper was often left inside the patchwork as insulation. These patchworks therefore hold a history of these women's lives, from insignificant news stories or lists to parts of personal letters.

I love the idea of the inside of the quilt hiding secrets or clues to the life of the maker who would often remain anonymous outside the family. For this exhibition, I have constructed my own paper quilt out of pattern paper printed with parts of letters, newspaper, and lists. The piece tells parts of my story from 1990-2012.