During the migration west in the 19th century, pioneer families traveled with essentials for survival. Quilts were useful as a provider of shelter, padding, or warmth, but they were also a unique graphic expression of pioneer women when they reached their new surroundings. They conveyed family beliefs, ways of life, and stories of the past. The Log Cabin quilt block, traced to the early 1800s, is considered a quintessential American pioneer graphic. The “logs” rotate around a central square that, when red in color, represents home, hearth, and family. For this project, the original geometry, organization, and intent of the Log Cabin block did not change. However, the design, fabrication, and construction of this piece was drastically different from that of the quilting process.
While there is no overarching theme that unites every faculty member in this exhibition, everyone is connected to someone else through a web of ideas and provocations. We encourage you to use these tags to navigate from one scholar to the next, while understanding that these concepts do not fully account for the depth and nuance of the work you are encountering.