"Some of my greatest inspirations are the quilts I have from my great grandmothers; perfectly worn with holes, exposed batting, and house paint dripped here and there. It is within that material that I am able to touch their hands again, and it is within my material that I continue on what they never had the chance to teach me, in a new way."

"Some of my greatest inspirations are the quilts I have from my great grandmothers; perfectly worn with holes, exposed batting, and house paint dripped here and there. It is within that material that I am able to touch their hands again, and it is within my material that I continue on what they never had the chance to teach me, in a new way."

Mariah Gillespie, currently living and working in Los Angeles, California, is an emerging artist working in textile and fiber. Within her practice she explores quilt-making, patchwork, hand painted textiles, one of a kind accessories, and bead weaving. Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, she grew up paying witness to the ways in which her grandmothers and great-grandmothers cherished arts and crafts, particularly that of fiber crafts. It is this that has led to her fondness of hand-work practices that traditionally have been referred to as "women's work". Exploring these methods of art making manifests in her life as a spiritual and material connection to women makers who have come before her, particularly those from her family. Mariah's work was most recently featured in Black and White, Twelve Quilts, a group exhibition that celebrated quilting through 12 artists works from across the U.S. and Canada. She was awarded as a Studio Resident with the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project in 2014, where she co-founded TWO, a design collaboration with artist Hannah Carr. In June 2015, the duo debuted their first collection of apparel and accessories at the 15th Annual West 18th Street Fashion Show. Follow more of Mariah's daily practice here.

 

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