olivia gelard

Undergraduate Thesis: (don't) say what you need to say

For my undergraduate thesis, I made a series of quilts with words on them that are unreadable. Everyone has mean things they sometimes want to say to close friends and family: things that are annoying about them, advice that would be taken poorly, etc. Thinking about this universal experience, I wrote down about 30 of those statements that I wanted to say but knew I never would. I then designed a typeface that mimicked my handwriting, set all of these statements in that typeface, cut them up so they were unreadable, and made a set of quilts out of them. Making quilts seemed like the correct answer for me, because they are traditionally women's work, and women are often expected to be agreeable and kind over being honest.