Amy Ahlstrom | Urban Quilter


I am Amy Ahlstrom. And I’m an Urban Quilter. My Art begins on city streets – in alleyways, on the sides of buildings,
and sometimes and garbage bins. I’m a street photographer. Inspired by the graffiti, signage, and sticker art in city neighborhoods, I take digital photos are found images, sampling and remixing them into urban quilts. I make quilts that reflect a vision of an urban place that is both real, and imagined. My quilts are thematically dense, full of layers of meaning. Like a DJ or collage artist, I sample images and reinvent them. Using hundreds of digital photographs, I design a collage by computer, make paper patterns, and sew quilts made of silk and cotton. All of the images in my quilts are cut by hand, and I quilt by drying with the sewing machine – moving the fabric under the needle to create intricate patterns. The resulting artworks are modern pop
art rendered in fabric. They reflect the experience of city life and serve as an historical record of the
neighborhood, in that the places I capture are constantly in a state of flux. My art is of the moment. It occurs on the streets, in public, in city
neighborhoods. My work is most comparable to that of
pop, lowbrow, and street artists. I juxtapose hand-drawn images of faces with text, written script, or graffiti, and line drawings. The images I reinterpret float over
brightly colored backgrounds. The final works re-imagine the urban
landscape and reinvent quilting as a pop art medium.