An evolving web resource based on the exhibit curated by R. Arvid Nelsen and designed by Darren Terpstra
The following pages show images of the physical exhibit that was presented in the Andersen Gallery of the Elmer L. Andersen Library, May 28 - June 23, 2008. Text from the exhibit and scans of some of the materials exhibited can be found from links on pages reached via the thumbnails below. Please explore! New content will be added regularly.
Wall Hanging for Diane Barlow Close (The Internet Quilt)
Early in its history the Internet catered primarily to male online communities. The internet newsgroup rec.crafts.quilting was created in the summer 1993 by Diane Barlow Close as an online space for women in the computer industry who were avid quilters. To show their appreciation, fans of the newsgroup collaborated on a wall hanging for Diane.
The approximately 50"x50" wall hanging, composed of 49 blocks that are each 6"x6", was put together by women from around the country who contributed individual squares made from a pattern drafted by Elizabeth Poole, on which contributors were encouraged to embellish.
Once all the squares were received, the quilt top was assembled by Marie-Christine Mahe, Elizabeth Poole and Anne Louise Gockel, who designed the back based on the Elizabeth Poole’s pattern, pieced the front and back together and completed the quilting. She also put the names and email addresses of each contributor on the back of the quilt, behind the square(s) she created. Elizabeth Poole presented the quilt to Diane on July 9, 1994.
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