Evolution of Minimalism

Evolution of Minimalism, ©2016 by Suzann Thompson
23 x 36″
Crochet, piecing, quilting, embellishment; vintage crochet trim, cotton fabrics and batting, trims, buttons.

This wall hanging started as a humorous look at the difficulty humans have in practicing moderation: we begin with an almost empty, stark environment, add a little here, add a little there, bring in more and more stuff, until it’s too much! We clean out, and the cycle repeats.

Evolution of Minimalism, by Suzann Thompson

The longer I looked at this quilt, the more it seemed to show a broader idea of evolution. We start at the top left in a family or village, mostly homogeneous, with people we’ve known for years.

Folks from a neighboring village come to visit. They’re a lot like us, and their small differences don’t seem too important.

Visitors arrive from far away. They look different. They fit into our little nine-patch village, but some of our original inhabitants are being crowded to the side.

Evolution of Minimalism, by Suzann Thompson

In the second row, the village has even more people, who are sometimes similar to us, and sometimes very different. The structure of the village changes as more people join us, and suddenly we begin to see another dimension in our society.

Evolution of Minimalism, by Suzann Thompson

We make changes to the village in the third row. People who have been there a while are still there. A few new people have come in. Our nine-patch village becomes a log cabin*—a home for many.

People come into our society from overseas: they’re very different from us, and our log cabin becomes a log pentagon to accommodate everyone.

Evolution of Minimalism, by Suzann Thompson

But the log pentagon isn’t big enough, so it bursts open, releasing new concepts and structures which are only possible when you have lots of different people and ideas.

Some feel they’ve lost their identity in the crowd. They want to go back to the beginning, the early times of the village, when it was easy to coexist with people similar to themselves.

Evolution of Minimalism, by Suzann Thompson

Maybe they use the musical repeat at the lower right, and somehow go back to those simple times up a the top left. But development and change don’t stop. Eventually, we’ll all be back at the busy, beautiful diversity in the lower third of the quilt. Look closely to see that the crazy, colorful, creative diversity is made up of individuals.

* A log cabin quilt square has a small square in the middle. Fabric strips are sewn along one side at a time, getting longer to stretch across the edge of the square plus the end of the previous strip.

Evolution of Minimalism is available for purchase with delivery in November 2017. Please contact Suzann by email for a list of wall hanging prices.