Evolution of Minimalism, ©2016 by Suzann Thompson
23 x 36″
Crochet, piecing, quilting, embellishment; vintage crochet trim, cotton fabrics and batting, trims, buttons.
Originally this wall hanging was a humorous look at the difficulty humans have practicing moderation: we start 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.
The more I looked at it, 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.
Some folks from a neighboring village visit. They’re a lot like us, and their small differences don’t seem 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.
In the second row, our 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.
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. But it isn’t big enough for everyone, so it bursts at the seams, releasing new concepts and structures made possible by a diverse population.
Some people 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.
If they are able go back to those times, they’re really just starting the process over. I prefer the idea of going back to the roots of our individual personalities and identities. We can strengthen who we are by reexamining ourselves. When new ideas come along—and they will—we can accept them from a position of strength of character.
Finally, we arrive again at the diversity at the lower edge of the quilt. Look closely, and you will see that a diverse population is still made up of individuals.
Evolution is available for purchase with delivery in November 2017. Please contact Suzann by email for a list of wall hanging prices.