Pillow Walk shows my small sewn portable textile sculpture. It is carried like a handbag or a fashion accessory, except that it does not have any functionality. The outside is a story in textures: fake fur, 19th century embroidered red velvet, knit and printed woven fabrics, six braided handles, and decorative button clusters. Two miniature dolls, a photograph, writing paper, and pompoms are sewn into the surface . The pillow rests on four pink stubby 'feet' when it is put down on a surface.
The reference, a 1938 pillow patent by W. Beehler # 2,293,530, inspired my use of a zipper and handles to signal portability and an interior space. The date of the patent coincides with WWII, when refugees fled with only the possessions they could carry. In Pillow Walk, memory is the content, spilled out onto the surface. Pillow Walk has both a sad and celebratory reference for me, of precious objects and memories saved, left behind, lost, or stolen.
It was made for a project by pillowculture.com
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