I became intrigued by the interactive capability of a pattern after an experiment in QR Codes by my good friend, former student and web designer, Bonnie Cotier. I created a quilt reproducing the QR code of my URL to link my website to public displays of my actual quilts.
I created the world’s first QR Code Quilt in November 2010. Over 900 separate pieces of fabric (patches) form the 31” square QR Code portion of the quilt. The QR code is the URL to my website, resulting in the world’s first quilt to be a literal “link” to an interactive experience, connecting actual and virtual quilts. To encourage and track the conversation on Twitter, the hashtag #fevequilts is stitched into the border.
My age, occupation and interests don’t neatly place me into the assumed demographic of a person who would be on the cutting edge of technology or who would embrace social media. A quilt conjures up the antithesis image of digital media. Piecing together and quilting fabric is a domestic craft whose original primary purpose was to provide comfort. The image of women gathered around sewing a quilt together while they talk about what is going on in their lives and community does not fit the perceived notion of teens and twenty-somethings texting on Facebook or Twitter—or does it?
The QR Quilt will be exhibited in the front window of the Williams Art gallery in Cambridge UK June 7-12, 2011. It will be the “signage” for QR Quilt exhibit. The quilt’s QR code is a link to a web page about the exhibit and experiment. This page is optimized for mobile viewing and encourages commenting and sharing via social networks.
Size: 36″ x 36″
Custom QR Quilts available by commission.