SONG QUILTS: A CELEBRATION OF STITCH AND SONG

The Song Quilts project visually interprets folk music from the American South and the Russian Arctic. I have traveled across the US and Northwest Russia interviewing women and gathering their songs. From these field recordings, I create transcriptions of the folksongs and transform them into quilts. I developed a notation method that translates pitch into color and rhythm into shape. The quilt notations are direct transcriptions as they were sung to me by the women who participated. The result is a synesthetic meditation on the power of women's voices and folk traditions across diverse peoples. Each Song Quilt celebrates the contributions of “women’s work” to national identity, global culture, and shared traditions.

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Katyusha

SUNG by Virginia Bartow - HOpe, NJ 1982. 

Designed, pieced, and quilted by EHJ 2018

Cowboy Jack

 

 

sung by Marcella Woerman - Oakland, Nebraska 2016

Designed, pieced, and quilted by EHJ 2016

VDOL PO TRAVKE

 

Sung BY Tatiana Khvastunova, Tatiana Panova, Ekaterina Kharlanova, Tatiana Golvskaya - Arkhangelsk, russia 2017

Designed, pieced, and quilted by EHJ 2017

A LITTLE STREAM OF HONEY

 

Sung by Vernyce Dannells - PhiladElphia 2018

Designed, pieced, and quilted by EHJ 2018

Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party

 

sung by Carol Phillips - Mineral, Virginia 2017. 

Designed, pieced, and quilted by EHJ 2017

Ne Bela Zarya

sung by Oksana dobrinsykaya - ArkhangelSk, russia 2017

Designed, pieced, and quilted by EHJ 2018

Bury Me Beneath the Willow

sung by alex caton - Gordonsville, virginia 2017

Designed, pieced, and quilted by EHJ 2017

This project would not have been possible without the help of Ekaterina Sharova of the Arctic Art Institute, and a grant from the PUFFIN FOUNDATION