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  • Station to Station

    It's crazy to think making quilts would be my ticket to a train tour. Back in September I was invited to travel with the Makers yurt, a Levi's artistic contribution to Station to Station, Doug Aitken's latest art project. The Levi's Makers was curated by Jay Carroll and became a collective of artisan's from across the country who sell their handmade goods at speciality Levi's stores. We were on-the-road for a month, the train started in New York with stops in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, Santa Fe, Winslow, Barstow, and Los Angeles, and came to a stop in Oakland on September 28, 2013.  

    Each stop/station was a show or “nomadic happening” with multiple performances across diverse mediums. The list of "participants" in Station to Station was an impressive array of creative personalities, too many to list here. Some of my favorite musicians included Patti Smith, Beck, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, Cat Power and White Mystery among many others.

    At each station Chap and I set-up in the Makers yurt alongside ForestboundCobra Rock BootsLevi's Tailor ShopJunkyard JeansTangleblue Weavers, and Centinela Traditional Arts. I mostly worked on hand quilting, patchwork appliqué on denim shirts, and collecting dyes throughout the landscape. The yurt really gave us a platform to create and collaborate while allowing the public to observe our process and ask us questions. There was a special energy between the Makers. The trip quickly broke down all barriers and we bonded like family. We connected through the common thread of loving to create one-of-a-kind work with our hands. The practice of sharing my process and being inspired by others taught me how to be collaborative again. It was an emotional and spiritual experience, spending each day around committed and generous people who want nothing more than to help make remarkable things happen. It was a dream. 

    (A collection of images by me, Jay CarrollAlice Saunders, Jack Rigollet, Jeff Frank, and Erin Keane Scott)

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Comments on this post (10 comments)

    • Jenny says...

      Ahhhhmazing! Congrats on baby ;)

      On March 13, 2014

    • Kaylin Lydia says...

      These images are just so beautiful. I love your work forever and ever. I will be in the Southwest in April and your images have made me even more excited for my time there. xo.

      www.KaylinLydia.com

      On February 27, 2014

    • selfsewn says...

      Oh wish I was there x

      On February 26, 2014

    • élise* says...

      Wonderful! I just discovered your work and I love it, it is beautiful! and these photos are great as well… what a trip!

      On February 07, 2014

    • claire says...

      what an amazing adventure!

      On February 06, 2014

    • Izzy says...

      Maura , so glad for you!! Keep enjoying your self, Izzy claps with joy to see if there will be new videos too!! We love to see your red van and all those watercolor tools etc..:)

      On February 04, 2014

    • Petra says...

      Wow, it’s inspiring only to look at these pictures, let alone to make the journey!

      On February 04, 2014

    • Laura Hall says...

      thanks for sharing your wonderful journey!

      On February 03, 2014

    • Maura says...

      Izzy, Yes it was a blast! Now that I’m back and have my feet on the ground quilt production is in full-swing. New quilts on the horizon.

      On February 03, 2014

    • Izzy says...

      Sounds like you are having so much fun. Wow ! on your tour !! I can’t wait to see if you have any new quilts !!

      On February 01, 2014

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