Technical Demonstrator – School of Architecture and Design
Dazzle Quilt 2020
For a long time I’d had an ambition to make a patchwork quilt during my lifetime. I had assumed that such a time-consuming project would have to wait for my retirement or for when I was convalescing after breaking a leg. Covid 19 gave me the “opportunity” to get started on the project earlier than I thought, and without the need for serious personal injury.
I was initially concerned that such a traditionally female occupation might undermine my feminist credentials, so I resolved to “weaponise” it. The pattern is derived from dazzle camouflage designs used on ships in the World Wars I and II. To continue the nautical theme, the border is Morse code and spells out “Claire Hoskin, 2020, full stop”.
The project turned out to be both challenging and therapeutic during a period that sometimes felt we were all at “full stop”.