Meg Callahan Quilts

by Kate Pruitt

One of the best museum exhibits I’ve ever seen was a collection of Amish quilts from Faith and Stephen Brown, on display at the de Young Museum in 2010. The exhibition featured quilts made by girls and women of various Amish communities in Pennsylvania and the Midwest during the period between the 1880s to the 1940s. Approaching from the hallway and seeing the bold swatches of color and the precision of these incredibly sophisticated geometric patterns, I felt like I was about to enter a room of modern abstract paintings. I’ve been researching geniuses in the field, both new and old, ever since. My newest discovery is young RISD graduate and contemporary textile artist Meg Callahan.

Meg Callahan’s quilt designs are just breathtaking. At times they follow a clean geometry, and at other times they break away, forming patterns that allow the eye to dance around forever. These one-of-a-kind pieces represent a variety of different approaches to quilt making: some use newer methods such as digital printing and industrial machine quilting, while the patchwork piece Harrah (shown last below) is entirely hand-stitched patchwork. The quilts are available for purchase at Matter; you can click here to learn more. — Kate

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