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Textile designs by Leah Evans

Madison, Wisconsin USA
Filed under:  Design-Art-Photo
Comment(s): 43

This post really began a year ago when I went to the Bucktown Art Fair in Chicago and met Leah Evans. I lost touch with her but went back to the same show on August 23rd, 2008 in the hopes to see her, and there she was, showcasing her work better than ever.

red lock system 1

Red Lock System.

I usually leave these local art shows quite disapointed but seeing Leah's creations was a true breath of fresh air.

Clearly the best of show, not to mention the smartest most conceptually unique rendition of a traditional media.

It it just so creative, to take what is essentially quilting and turn them into gorgeous road and landscape maps of all kinds.

Artist's statement.
My quilted wall hangings consist of layers of the following techniques: appliqué, reverse appliqué, piecing, natural and synthetic dyeing, needle-felting, hand printing, and a variety of embroidery stitches. There is an overall balance between hand and machine work.

My current work combines aerial photography, maps, and satellite imagery. I also find myself drawn to the more minute systems of the microbial world. I enjoy the play in scale between magnified microbial life forms and remote sensing images of huge tracts of land. Both scales deal with the translation of scientific information into a visual form. At times these separate bodies of work merge. The overlap is seen in vessel-like arteries of water, tundra pools that look cellular, and microbes that swim through topographic lines.

It is the use of maps in organizing our ideas of land that interests me most of all. Often people ask me for specifics about the places and symbols in my work. Most of my pieces are not consciously based on specific places. For me they are intimate explorations of map language and imagined landscapes. Through my research and experience I have decided that maps create more questions than they answer.

(images courtesy of Leah Evans)

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Development, held by Leah Evans.

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development 2


development 3

Development detail.

development 4

Development detail.

development 5

Development detail.

development 6

Development detail.

farm leah

Farm, held by Leah Evans.

farm 1

Farm detail.

farm 2

Farm detail.

interchange leah

Interchange, held by Leah Evans.

interchange 1


interchange 2


isthmus nocturne 1

Isthmus Nocturne.

isthmus nocturne 2

Isthmus Nocturne detail.

isthmus nocturne 3

Isthmus Nocturne detail.

isthmus nocturne 4

Isthmus Nocturne detail.

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Lakes, held by Leah Evans.

lakes 1

Lakes detail.

lakes 2

Lakes detail.

lakes 4

Lakes detail.

lakes 3

Lakes detail.

red irigation 1

Red Irrigation.

red irigation 2

Red Irrigation detail.

red irigation 3

Red Irrigation detail.

green lock system 1

Green Lock System (left).

green lock system 2

Green Lock System (right).

green lock system 3

Green Lock System detail.

green lock system 4

Green Lock System detail.

tank farm 1

Tank Farm.

braided river 1

Braided River.

tundra 1


dark estuary 1

Dark Estuary.

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arctic melt 1

Arctic Melt.

alluvial fields 1

Alluvial Fields.

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redlands 1


red river 1

Red River.

yellow map

Yellow map.

Leah Evans   Official site.
chris3470 days ago

Her work is very unique and visually very cool. The color and variety of textures is great.

Quim3468 days ago

Brilliant!!!! M'encanta, suggereix moltes coses!

CMAY3466 days ago

Freakin brilliant! I love it man.

Able Parris3356 days ago

These are incredible!

Stephen3356 days ago

Her website :p

PhD Thesis 3244 days ago

Very nice pics.
thanks for sharing.

Buy Essay3243 days ago

Wow! her work is excellent. It's very nice. I appreciate...

Hid Kit3242 days ago

Nice pics. Great work.
Bookmarked your site.Thanks for sharing.

hamster3242 days ago

Very nice ideology. Great work!

Custom Essays3241 days ago

Very nic thinking. Great job and good interest.......

Custom Dissertation3241 days ago

Very good working.Thanks to share.

rezv3241 days ago

Toughest track, I guess.

Condoms3239 days ago

M'encanta, suggereix moltes coses!

Dissertation Help3238 days ago

Wow! it is a great work.I congratulate.

Travel to Russia3237 days ago

fantastic work..its very unique and visually very cool.
the color and variety of textures is great.

Premium Wordpress Themes3234 days ago

That was really a great piece of work.Outstanding.
Thanks for sharing.

Apex3233 days ago

Greatly excited! what great job performed.Thanks for sharing.

edi3228 days ago

The difficult tracks of all............Thrill begins now.

I have been searching for this stuff since 14days. Lastly i found your site. Great stuff with quality info. I have passed ur site to my friends. thanks. regards, Lilly.

Seo Tips3215 days ago

Leah Evan's creations are really breath taking. It was quite boaring with out Evan. Finally her creations had made it.
Thanks for sharing the designs.

betclic3201 days ago

Such a great work, from a passionate ; Congrats girl !

textile designs3181 days ago

Such a great work, from a passionate ; Congrats girl !

Marnie3174 days ago

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Leah's work! I cut topographic/cartographic images from paper, and am so inspired by these quilts. Incredible work, energy, artistry, and time!

Great feature with so many great images! Thank you for sharing!

- and I lived in Madison for nearly 9 years - miss Madison life a lot.

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SEO3166 days ago

LOVELY!!!!!!!You have very good skill .Keep it up

paparaciy3156 days ago

What a great style. Very informative one.

paparaciy3156 days ago

Great post.

paparaciy3156 days ago

Really great topic.

buy3153 days ago

Good post.

aca3105 days ago

nice designs and i would like to purchase them.

jams3105 days ago

nice post and thanks for sharing
regards, jams

colo3103 days ago

great designs and i have bought some of them

games3093 days ago

great post to view.

sara3076 days ago

Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer!

prof2991 days ago

This is the first time I come across such an interesting post on the topic. thanks for sharing the info, I will be keeping an eye on the updates of your blog.

Hid2843 days ago

Fantastic! I like it very much. I like do some handcraft at my spare time, too, such as the cross stitch. Maybe, one day I will put my first cross stitch work on here, too.

faith2842 days ago

No doubt seeing Leah's creations is a true breath of fresh air. Clearly the best of show, it it just so creative, to take what is essentially quilting and turn them into gorgeous road and landscape maps of all kinds.

VL2813 days ago

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Doyle2750 days ago

That's cool.

hid2670 days ago

Thanks for your share this information.

cindy2614 days ago

Nice designs! I think they need more efforts and time than usual.

Hid2458 days ago

Nice pics. Great work. Bookmarked your site.Thanks for sharing.

Savanna1969 days ago

Nice pics. Great work. Bookmarked your site.Thanks for sharing.

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