What is a photoquilt?
A photoquilt is a quilt made out of photographs.  I take pictures, have prints made, cut the prints into different shapes, and sew them into quilt blocks and full 4′ x 6′ quilts.  Many of my photoquilts explore pattern, reflection, and symmetry.  The larger works include subtle changes to the way each photo is cropped so that the pattern evolves from one end of the quilt to the other.

Where did you get the idea to do this?
My Bachelor’s degree is in Art & Art History.  During my undergraduate work, I was exploring the masculine and the feminine, including fiber arts that had once been primarily male occupations but are now predominantly female.  This lead me to the vast history of quilt patterns.  When I read that Andy Warhol had done some sewing on some photographs, sewing photographs together into quilt patterns seemed like the next logical step.  Instead of a quilt containing the story and memories of a hundred treasured fabric remnants, I could capture a photographic subject for each piece of the quilt pattern.

Have you received any awards for your work?
Fall Colours was awarded the Merwin Medal for Best in Show at the McLean County amateur art competition.  Ohio Star: Wexner Center was awarded a Leader Award as the Provost’s favorite work in the 2014 Ohio State University Staff Arts and Crafts show.  Ohio Star: Thompson Library received the President’s Award in the 2014 Ohio State University Staff Arts and Crafts show.  Ohio Star: RPAC was accepted into the Inaugural Juried Exhibition at the Riffe Gallery.

Is anyone else making photoquilts?
I have seen traditional fabric quilts made with photographs which have been transfered to fabric, but I do not know of anyone else making quilts by sewing photographs together.

Are your photoquilts for sale?
Most of my photoquilts are for sale, with a few exceptions.  12″ blocks are available in almost every pattern.  Sets of 4 blocks sewn together (24″ x 24″), which I call maquettes, are also available.  Blocks and maquettes are available framed or unframed.  Full-size quilts (typically 4′ x 6′) are designed to hang on the wall unframed.  If you are interested in purchasing a handcrafted photoquilt, please email me at chris.mercerhill@gmail.com.


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