Alexis's quilts explore the intersection of traditional craft and modern expression, incorporating motifs and techniques from traditional quilts into a more contemporary context.  

 

Past and ongoing projects include: "American Quilts," a meditation on the epidemic of gun violence in America; Irish Chain Variations, a yearlong study of the traditional form;  "Black and White," variations on traditional quilt patterns using a stripped-down palette and alternative configurations; "Quilts for Ruth," a series of quilts based on the feminist jurisprudence of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; and "Kintsugi," quilts inspired by the kintsugi aesthetic tradition in Japanese pottery, which explore themes of perfectionism and idealization as they relate to the history of craft and domesticity and the present-day work and lives of women. 

Alexis lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts with her family.  She holds a BA in Art History and Theatre Studies from Swarthmore College and a  JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

© 2016 Alexis Deise

photography by Carol Gander:  www.carolgander.com

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