Heather Doyle-Maier – Riptides


© 2019
edition of 6
dimensions in inches: 7.25 x 3.125 x 1.25

About this piece:

Riptides explores mother and daughters across four generations, telling layered stories of women as they embrace/reject these critical relationships. Moving from infancy and girlhood to leaving home, and from marriage and motherhood to her own daughter leaving home, each woman struggles in her own time and in her own way with conflicting imperatives to both stay and leave. Utilizing the Ocean Waves quilt pattern from a family quilt, the artist drew from the histories of her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother (as well as herself) to create the visible and hidden text. The book combines both map fold and Turkish map fold structure so that both the “quilt block” of each woman’s story and the whole “quilt” of the book can be seen.

This book comes with a paper wrapper (not in photographs).


fabric, thread, vellum, paper

About the artist(s):

Lives and works in Denver, Colorado, United States

Heather Doyle-Maier pairs innovative book structures with papers, fabrics and texts to produce thought-provoking, layered examinations of femininity, motherhood and domesticity. A Colorado native, Heather holds a BFA from Metropolitan State College of Denver in Visual Art and BA from Loretto Heights College/Regis College in Theatre Education. Heather’s award-winning work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and can be found in university, museum and private collections. In addition, Heather teaches bookmaking workshops in Colorado schools.


Heather Doyle-Maier – Riptides