• Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1991; quilted by Willia Ette Graham and Johnnie Wade, 1991; printed cotton corduroy, wool plaid, wool, and cotton flannel backing; 41 x 40 in.; BAMPFA, bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust.

Virtual Gallery + Studio: Collaged Quilt Tops

For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • With artist

    Conceptual fiber artist Karen Hampton addresses issues of colorism and kinship in artworks that synthesize memory, history, time, and cloth. Currently assistant professor in fibers at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she has sixteen years of experience teaching art and developing children’s programming throughout the Bay Area.

Using an assortment of materials found in your home, explore the joy of making collaged quilt tops with artist Karen Hampton. We will incorporate the richness and creativity of the things we gather and touch in our daily lives into quilt tops full of personal meaning.

Please gather these materials before our session:

  • An assortment of fabric scraps, including bright colors and patterns, and old blue jeans that can be cut up
  • A larger background piece of scrap fabric: cotton, wool, or linen
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Small items to decorate your quilt top: bottle caps, shells, buttons, beads, flower petals, yarn, thread, big-eye sewing needles, and anything else you think will work
  • Newspaper and tape to cover your table