Maps of Migration
Roots and Remnants Series
Maps of Migration is an original landscape design based on stories of human movement from one place to another over long distances from an original homeland. Ideas of soil, stone, land and water masses, vegetation using a rich earthy color palette, layers of fabric and stitch, objects and materials reflecting a visual record of movement.
The maps were inspired by my family. This is a story of my family, beginning with my Great Grandmother, Alice Pritchett. She was determined to leave Demopolis, Alabama after the birth of her first grandchildren. She became the grandmother of two boys, her grandsons. Her daughters my Grandmother, Minnie Laura Miles Bolden and my Great Aunt, Mary Elizabeth Miles Perry each had a son. My maps reflect the uprooting of their lives creating a remnant.
African Damask cotton textiles of varied earthy hues of brown, rust, and ocher, embellished with machine and hand stitched embroidery, appliqued with Boro style stitching, reverse applique, fissures, bead work and dimensional collage. The use of materials and objects are elements to convey movement, direction and migration.