Port is a semi-improvisational wall quilt conceptualized after being blown away by the size, scale, and unassuming beauty of the Port of Los Angeles. Aerial photos of the port became the inspiration for the Port Quilt - brightly colored containers from a birds-eye view, surrounded by concrete marked with well-worn lines from constant movement and shuffling.
50” x 52”
Made to be a wall hanging with hanging tabs included
Top: Steel linen/cotton with an assortment of cotton, linen/cotton and linen
Binding: Steel linen/cotton
Back: Amber cotton
Batting: Thick US-grown unbleached 100% cotton
Machine pieced, quilted and bound by Laura in her mobile Airstream studio
Made across California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona over the course of seven months
Ready to ship in 1 - 3 business days
Iron creases out before hanging.
Machine wash delicate in cold water with a gentle detergent. Hang to dry. Fabric will crinkle slightly after the first wash and will soften with use + love.
To extend the life of your quilt, dry clean only and spot clean when necessary.
The first stop of our last year on the road was Long Beach, CA. Where we stayed was just over the bridge from the Port of Los Angeles, a place that wouldn’t normally be interesting to me. But driving home one day, I was routed through the port, which is one of the busiest and biggest in the world. The sheer quantity of colorful shipping containers, not to mention mind-boggling logistics required to run the place was exhilarating and dizzying. I made it a point to drive through the port whenever I could - the stacks and stacks of shipping containers in neat rows where beautiful to me. After coming across some aerial photos of the port, I knew I had to find a way to make Port. It took several months and many starts and stops before determining how each element would look and work together, with the improvised rows of “containers” against the “concrete” and the closely quilted rows to show the constant movement and shuffle of cargo in and out of the port.