Charlotte Street Foundation identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. We cultivate the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City Art Community

Mariah Gillespie

Mariah Gillespie, originally from Norman, Oklahomareceived her BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2014. Along with being awarded as a Studio Resident with the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project, she has also been awarded the Susan Lordi Marker Award of Excellence in Fiber in 2014. Her recent endeavors include co-founding TWO, a design collaboration with fellow Studio Resident Hannah Carr. The two are working together to create the debut of their first collection of apparel, accessories, and home goods at the 15thAnnual West 18th Street Fashion Show, in June 2015. As a quilt maker, Mariah is interested in the clashing of pattern, acidity of color, and bold composition that is intrinsic to the design aesthetics of the 1960’s and 70’s.Reflecting on how this textile process relates to the idea of women’s work, she pairs hand painted and hand dyed fabric with vintage bedding to connect herself to a long lineage of female makers.

Gillespie writes: “Quilts have played a large role in America’s domestic history and are closely tied to the female experience. Women have created these objects for generations, contributing their time and expertise to the home…by pairing quilt as object and paint as direct color, a contrast forms between our expectations and known experiences.”

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