QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT


Monday, October 21, 2019

Formidable Women: Liza MacKinnon

Ada Lovelace

The talk of Lawrence, Kansas lately has been Liza MacKinnon's sculpture show at the Percolator Gallery. Too bad---but it's over.


Liza, a librarian, makes paper dresses to recall formidable historical figures. Mathematician Ada Lovelace's dress (about 3 feet tall) is made from pages of her biography and decorated with flowers fashioned from computer punch cards. The repeat pattern is zeroes and ones---all the numbers you need.





Detail of Marie Antoinette's dress with trim of currency. Most of the dress, about 2-1/2 feet tall
is tax forms.


She's also made smaller pieces; this one's about a foot tall.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's dress is painted pages
from her book Frankenstein. Details include black cross stitches
in the skirt to represent the creature.



Susan Wolfe's photo of Mary Todd Lincoln's dress




Marie Curie with a little radium glow through
x-ray film

Lawrence's own Lucy Hobbs Taylor

Friend Kathy bought the Duchess of Pembroke's Elizabethan dress.


Liza's webpage:

Her Instagram page:

10 comments:

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Nancy Bekofske said...

Amazing! So creative!

Pieceful Lady said...

Wow - very clever and so appreciate the detail.

Susan said...

Thank you! I've never seen anything quite like that, and it's truly amazing.

Lin said...

WOW!

Barbara said...

Wonderful! Would love to have seen that exhibit in person. Thank you for sharing!

Erica in Alaska said...

Wow! Amazingly creative. So glad you shared this.

The Civil War Quilter said...

What an interesting display. I've never seen anything like it. Obviously created by a truly gifted artist.

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Lee said...

HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH WITH BARBARA BRACKMON??!
I HAVE YOUR INFO FROM SEVERAL YEARS AGO.
DO YOU HAVE A BOOTH AT THE FESTIVAL THIS WEEK-END??
I WANT TO LOOK YOU UP THERE OR WHEREVER.

I HAVE A VERY BEAUTIFUL AND VERY OLD QUILT I
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Lee Spilman
12622 Greenspoint Drive
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cel ph 281 787 7955

own and operate American Shutter Comapny

also commissioner on the board of the ALDINE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Best to you - and anxious to visit

Lee