Monday, March 12, 2018

Portraits : A New Quilt

A little over two years ago, my wonderfully sweet, fabulously creative, hang-nail-handed (I get mine from her!), and delightful grandmother passed away. My grandmother lived until she was 95, and died only 3 months after my grandfather, who himself made it to over 100 years. There are, of course, many stories to tell about my grandparents – ones of my own and lots more that my dad or mom, brothers or uncs, tantes or cousins could share. I was sad to see them go, but also felt incredibly lucky to have had them around for so long, and happy that they were able to have lived such full lives. As my dad put it, "insofar as there's no way to avoid getting off the train at some point, this surely was as good an exit as one could hope for."

And still, my grandparents lingered in my thoughts. I had been intensely focused at work at this time and not doing much in the way of art, but a quilt idea started to form and six months later, I began my new project – a quilt of portraits. This has continued to be my main art project for the past 1.5 years, and I'm aiming to finish it within 2018.

I've been itching to share this work and am excited to show some of the process by posting the latest squares as I push forward to finish this quilt by the end of the year.

"But, Malina, why bring up your grandmother!?" Well, firstly, she was awesome! But secondly, the first square that kicked off this whole project is her. Sure, it looks nothing like her, but she captured my thoughts fully and it's completely her in that stitching.


Estelle & I – my last visit – look at those purple socks!

I often wait to share exciting news until something is 100% fully confirmed, or don't share the process until the product is complete – a perfectionist at times to say the least. So sharing this only 1.5 years into the process still feels like a step in welcoming you into how I create and bringing you along for the ride. I'll share more squares in the coming months, but for now, I'll leave you with the first in the series and the one that's still my favorite: