CM: How important is it to you that folks who use or look at your work understand that your surface patterns come from the “invisible and ubiquitous” patterns of quilted paper products?
MH: I don’t think it’s necessary for the viewer/user to know that these surface designs are gleaned from paper towel and toilet paper patterns in order to enjoy my work. The patterns I use have a familiarity because of their occurrence in the paper products we use daily. We use them to aid us in making food, cleaning up after preparing food, and during the expulsion of food after consumption.
I enjoy the idea of unsuspecting customers using my work. If one decides to delve into my work a bit more, they will discover another layer of information. Companies choose these patterns because of their connotations of domesticity and nostalgia. For example, these types of patterns are used in antique quilts as well as the pierced tin sides of a pie safe. Ultimately, this history plays into the sense of comfort and home associated with these patterns.