B & W and Marimekko All Over
cotton, organza, screen printed, machine pieced and quilted
Strong contrast, strong design evoking strong memories of Harvard Square, Cambridge Ma. in the 1960's and 1970's.
I have loved the bold designs of Marimekko fabric since I first saw it in a small store called Design Research. My mother made curtains for my first apartment in 1972 from a favorite Marimekko pattern, "Ataman". Needless to say, I still have those curtains and even though they are faded and tattered, I have not been able to throw them away, but was able to recycle, at least a 12" square, for the back of this quilt.
The background is pieced using 5 different Marimekko fabrics ( I still collect them! ). The text is a paragraph about the architect Benjamin Thompson who opened Design Research in 1953 (tmagazine.
blognytimes.com/2010/09/29) screen printed on black organza and fused after quilting. I believe my love of silkscreening came after having had the opportunity to visit the Marimekko factory in Helsinki Finland in 1968, and seeing how the designs were screened onto the fabric.