The Biennale for Craft and Design 2004

Blossoming connects traditional craftsmanship with modern computer technology in a strict, pixelated floral motif inspired by American Amish quilts. In this work Ratzer connects the simple pattern of plain textiles in the Amish quilt with her own fascination with floral textiles. The simple graphic expression of the work forms parallels to the rigor and simplicity that the Amish represent.

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The work consists of three connected images that are made by hand in two different techniques, patchwork and simple weaving. The images are constructed of 3 x 3 cm small squares that create a pixelation effect. From a distance, the work ressembles a pixelated computer print but close up the tactile craftsmanship steps forward.

In the making of the work Ratzer gathered 14 friends and acquaintances to a social event, very similar to the Amish people’s quilting bees where everyone works together on a common quilting project. The process thus becomes an important layer in the finished work.

secondhand textile, carton, and thread
276 x 234 cm
handsewn patchwork and simple weaving

Thanks to the 14 assistants who made this craftmanship possible