Folk Art in the city: Quilts by Erin Wilson and Pedestals by Situ Studio

At our DELVE Networking Fabric(ation) + Art  event last Friday we met Erin Wilson. She is a working textile artist and quiltmaker based in Brooklyn, and we see the city in her intricately dyed and sewn blocks that create her compelling pieces. 

"Fabrication- the dyeing and sewing- is the core of my work, my most engaging and creatively challenging activity.  It is during the construction that I generate ideas and imagery, which means I often have to begin a project before I know where it’s going. This has taught me to trust in the process, and is why above all else, I consider myself a maker," says Erin. 

Her journal often documents her fabrication process, and it's exciting to see the colors, fabrics, processes, sewing machine and sunlit studio where her quilts get made.

Erin Wilson, Shape Study #11, 48" x 48", 2013 

Erin Wilson, Shape Study #11, 48" x 48", 2013 

“Big Quilt #1” (yellow), New work by Erin Wilson

“Big Quilt #1” (yellow), New work by Erin Wilson

“Big Quilt #2” (purple), New work by Erin Wilson

“Big Quilt #2” (purple), New work by Erin Wilson

We also met Basar Girit of Situ Studio. They recently did the exhibition design for Folk Couture, Fashion and Folk Art at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. It's an exhibition worth seeing for the original work made by thirteen designers inspired by the museum's collection, as well as for the pedestals that were specifically crafted for each garment in the exhibition by Situ Studio. 

As they write on their blog:
"Inspired by the draping of a dress form, we chose to work with concrete impregnated fabric to create a series of custom pedestals specifically crafted for the garment or object it holds. The process of constructing the pedestals involved building a series of simple armatures from which the concrete canvas was suspended upside-down and saturated with water. Once cured, the result is a series of light-weight, structurally sufficient, modified-catenary forms that appear to float and billow upwards, grounded only by the weight of the objects they support."

Situ Studio, display system for “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art”, American Folk Art Museum, New York, from Domus

Situ Studio, display system for “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art”, American Folk Art Museum, New York, from Domus

Photo by Kat Hennessey from the exhibition's website.

Photo by Kat Hennessey from the exhibition's website.

Situ Studio, display system for “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art”, American Folk Art Museum, New York, from Domus

Situ Studio, display system for “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art”, American Folk Art Museum, New York, from Domus


Erin Wilson is a working textile artist and quiltmaker based in Brooklyn, New York.  She has been sewing since she was very young.  Her quilts have been exhibited at venues including International Quilt Week Yokohama 2013, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, New England Quilt Museum, Quilt National at the Dairy Barn, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, and John Michael Kohler Arts Center.  Erin was on the fabrication team for Noah’s Ark Gallery at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, for which she produced numerous textile components of life-sized animal puppets and sculptures under the direction of puppeteer Christopher M. Green. A former dancer, Erin received her BFA from The Julliard School in 1998 and danced professionally for 9 years. 

Situ Studio is a creative practice that engages in experimental work in a variety of media.  A commitment to both material investigation as well as research and writing allows for the studio to develop flexible and multifaceted strategies to approach spatial problems.  This dual emphasis is reflected in its workspace which combines both a design studio and a digitally equipped workshop.  In addition to its design practice, Situ Studio maintains a parallel operation as a digital fabrication and consulting firm.
The five founding partners graduated from the Cooper Union School of Architecture in 2005.

© 2017 Kind Aesthetic, All Rights Reserved.