"Contemporary Quilts from old Denim pants, linen, textiles"
Hello, I am Dani, quiltmaker and textile artist. I love to sit at the sewing machine and mix unconventional quilts from a variety of fabrics and colors. I originally trained in garment technology followed by a degree in garment technology. Then, after learning all the essentials of the garment industry and being ready to enter the fashion industry as a professional, I found that I enjoyed cutting up clothing and putting it into a new unexpected context much more. This was then my entry into the world of patchwork and the more I immersed myself in this cosmos the more fascinated I became. Since I know through my education how much energy and work goes into the production of clothing, a sustainable resource-saving use of textiles is particularly important to me, so I mainly use discarded textiles that can be found everywhere – be it in giveaway boxes, flea markets or from acquaintances. Also cuttings of participants from my sewing courses have been incorporated into my patchwork works.
With my quilts I want to preserve the current zeitgeist and tell stories. Especially visible signs of use such as patches, scrapings and holes in textiles attract my attention, because they make the development of the textiles and their wearers from the previous life visible.
For me, the patchwork quilt is the ideal medium for merging colour, material and pattern into a complex visual mesh, thereby emphasising and preserving the beauty of this material. In order to preserve the current zeitgeist, I mainly use old clothes for my work. My attention is drawn at the visible traces of use such as patches, scrapes and holes, because they tell stories from the past life of the textiles and their wearers.
Knowing how much energy and work has to be used for the production of clothing, sustainable resource-saving use of textiles is particularly important to me.