Sabine Heinlein

Sabine Heinlein

Country: United States

Biography

My quilts explore the powerful sense of wonder that animals elicit while reminding us of the dangers we face due to their abuse and extinction. Traditionally seen as an idle woman’s pastime, quilts are a useful medium to challenge our obsession with fast fashion, antiquated power structures and species inequality. Made from recycled clothes my work explores a culture that drives consumerism and environmental destruction. By cutting and reconfiguring textiles, I experiment with conventional and traditional concepts of art making while saving material from the landfill. Reclaiming textiles for long-lasting, useful and educational articles allows me to lead by example while protesting the disastrous cycle of waste. Fully improvised, my quilts are hand-stitched, with an extra-long running stitch reminiscent of Japanese Sashiko. They have a free-spirited air, reminiscent maybe of Panamanian Mola or Ghanaian Asafo flags.


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