Shannon Baker

Designer & Printmaker. 

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Common Thread:
Research Patchwork

Piecing together stories and artifacts to create a metaphorical, and physical, quilt of research about the people, history, and culture of Virginia’s Northern Neck.

Through this work, the familiar and mundane place that I’ve spent my entire life in has transformed into an area of newness and discovery; I’ve been relearning and re-experiencing the place that I once thought I knew everything about.

See the objects in the pocket here.

Jun. 1 2022

Making an argument for textiles as language.

Book, Hand-sewn binding,
4.5”x9”, 23 pages. 
Small page inserts are digitally printed cotton.

Text taken from In search of a Language: Text and Textiles in Contemporary Women’s Art by Sarah Ann O’Mahoney.

May 01 2021

Memory Quilt

24”x36” patchwork quilt, digitally printed images on fabric, hand embroidered text.

A quilt made up of fragmented representational images of memories I have of/with my grandmother, Mary. 

images: jewish apple cake recipe, an image of her keys, a painting of a rooster she kept in her home, a photo of her, my mother, my aunt and my two uncles in her garden, and other images.

[this quilt is part of a larger quilt made in collaboration with Erin Crawford, Caroline Barry, Fiona McMichael, Jasmine Montano, Emily Woodard, and Hannah Galligan.
The quilt was displayed at the Anderson gallery and then donated to a patient in palliative care at the VCU Massey Cancer Center upon the closing of the exhibition.]

Nov 15 2021

Woven Love Letter No. 1: Hughlett Point

Photos are me at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve in Kilmarnock, Va at ages 3, 6, 12, and 21; printed on fabric, cut, and woven into the piece.

Oct 14 2021