Jess Jones

Jess Jones’ fabric art investigates the relationship of textiles to the urban environment. Weeping Quilt is one of many from a series conceived after her grandmother died: “A few years ago, I received a bag of fabric yo-yos from a family member at the funeral for my grandmother—a gift that I thought was both tender and curious. I began collecting yo-yos, receiving them as gifts, buying them at thrift stores, and making many more. I had no idea at the time why I did this except that I find labor cathartic. I often use it to process grief and I am certain that others do too. For me, this work is simultaneously full of sorrow and joy, darkness and light,” she says.