Sewing Dayton Together

11 x 14 feet (base layer); digital print on Belgian linen; graphite; acrylic paint;
letterpress printing

This social mapping exhibition was research and process of my larger work, “Atlas of Dayton: A City in Progress.” These sheets (map quads) make up Montgomery County, Ohio. During the exhibition, I would sew together the quads. Giving time in a specific moment in time, in order to sew a community was a metaphor for coming together as a community.

The added educational component was weaving in the historical roots of letterpress printing with the graphic design discipline. I help two workshops in the exhibition space during an advertised time—Fingerprinting Workshop. Two phrases, “Fuck Hate” and “You are Loved” were two pre-set lines of type. Exhibition folks could learn to letterpress print by using their fingers.

*Part of a group faculty and staff exhibition of research in progress.