Quilting outdates coding by far, but Toronto-based textile artist Elizabeth (Libs) Elliot has found a happy marriage between the two seemingly disparate methods. The results are dynamic, vibrant quilts that blend well with modern color palettes and designs.
Elliot studied Material Art & Design at OCAD University and began designing and making quilts in 2009. An interest in combining traditional with modern led Elliot to a collaboration with Joshua Davis. She used Davis as inspiration to create designs via code framework in Processing. The free, open-source programming language, development environment and online community allows Elliot a guide to manipulate code and play with color palettes and geometric shapes as a result. The completed quilts embody traditional techniques in a modern execution of popular print designs and neon shades.
This generative design has produced cushion covers and larger quilts, which feature contrasting patterns on the reverse sides. For example, the Liberty Code quilt—a quilted design made of Liberty London cotton floral prints—features a reverse of skulls on a constellation print.
Shop Elliot’s quilted designs and learn more about her work here. She takes commissions, as well.