Diana Harrison: Traces in Cloth

Diana Harrison: Traces in Cloth

Diana Harrison’s quilts and textile hangings reflect a contrast of strength and quiet, of precision and happenstance, of wear and long-lasting presence. The forms are strong and deliberate, yet the overall effect is contemplative and thoughtful. In some pieces, the quilting stitches are linear and remarkably even, thus contrasting dramatically with the rough, hardened surfaces. The shapes are purposefully imperfect, with deliberately unfinished edges, loosely hanging threads, and hazily blurred markings. In others, Harrison begins with a familiar object and transforms it—through folding, dyeing, and printing—into a new piece that leaves only an echo of its original form.

Harrison refers to her process as a narrative, a conversation with each piece that evolves as she works. In some instances, such as Beginning and Beyond, she begins with a black cloth, which is densely stitched and then discharged or bleached to remove color. The bold forms evoke aged wood or stone with a patina of marks remaining as time erodes and alters the forms, yet leaves them strongly rooted in place. Other pieces represent her process of deconstruction—as in Pillowcases—where the process of removing seams, dyeing, and overprinting subsumes the original purpose.  

Harrison’s work is commemorative, evoking the day-to-day context of life. She finds value in the ordinary, seeing each item with its own physical and emotional story. Her work invites further conversation and contemplation about the traces that remain.

About the Artist

About the Artist
About the Artist

Diana Harrison lives in London. She is a Senior Lecturer of Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. She received her Master of Arts in Textiles from the Royal College of Art.

Select Works in the Exhibitions

Select Works in the Exhibitions

Beginning and Beyond
2002
London, England
Gift of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation
2007.018.0001

Finding Direction
2019
London, England
Collection of the artist

 

Squares with Burnt Holes
2010
London, England
Collection of the artist

 

Select Works in the Exhibitions

Gallery Photos

Gallery Photos
Gallery Photos
This exhibition was made possible by support from Friends of the International Quilt Museum and funding from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this exhibition through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.artscouncil.nebraska.gov for more information.
Event Date
Friday, November 1, 2019 to Sunday, April 26, 2020