CCA Senior Thesis Project

quilts · books


As the human population becomes increasingly computer-bound and our every move is traced, tracked, and recorded in 0’s and 1’s, how does the artists' relationship to craft change? When the eraser is replaced by Command + Z, how do we retain the remnants of the creative process?


As a designer by day and a seamster by night, my thesis project examines these questions through the medium of quilting, a traditional means of memory-keeping. The project took the form of three quilts with three accompanying books, with each quilt design determined by the technology required to produce the book—a translation of digital remnants into analog form. The Trace quilt is a record of my mouse movements while designing its accompanying book; the Monitor quilt is a record of my network, mouse, keyboard, and CPU usage; and the final quilt uses the language of quilt tying to spell "I am a Maker" in binary code.


All quilts were hand-constructed and machine-quilted. The books were bound, silkscreened, and sewn entirely by hand.

Hope Meng CCA Thesis Project (Quilts)

Thesis quilts.


Hope Meng CCA Thesis Project (Books)

Thesis books.


Hope Meng CCA Thesis Project (Trace Quilt-Detail)

Trace quilt—detail.


Hope Meng CCA Thesis Project (Trace Quilt)

Trace quilt.


Hope Meng CCA Thesis Project (Monitor Quilt)

Monitor quilt.


Hope Meng CCA Thesis Project (Maker Quilt-Detail)

Maker quilt.


Hope Meng CCA Thesis Project (Maker Book-Detail)

Maker book—detail.