ABOUT THE CHICAGO SPACE:
Lillstreet’s Textile Department hosts artists from around the country and invites them to install
work onto four, 9-foot ag poles on top of Lillstreet’s rooftop deck. The work can be seen from
the CTA Montrose Brown Line elevated tracks and Metra Train tracks, as well as driving or
walking down Montrose and Ravenswood Avenues. Installations rotate monthly, May through
December, and ags are displayed in the Textile Department’s hallway gallery two weeks
prior to the rooftop install date.
TO MAKERS UNKNOWN: A LAST HURRAH
These flags, or pennants, are created from quilt tops made by anonymous women during the beginning and middle of the last century. Pennants are flags. They are emblems of victory, carried into and out of battle. They are symbols of importance, flown when the high ranking commodore is aboard a naval ship. And they are pledges of honor. These particular pennants are made in celebration and honor of the creative and hard-working women. They are makers unkown. We can probably agree that these colorful, unselfconscious constructions were created by women with families. They did not come from great economic means; the fabric pieces are worn, cut from recycled curtains, dresses, men’s work shirts, or children’s clothes outgrown. Some pieced quilt tops have a distinct and elegant arrangement. Others are
made with whatever was usable, showing crude techniques. But they all show great labor and care. They all hold intentions unful filled. Now, here, they can soar, neither forlorn nor forgotten.
Flags constructed by Dana Zurzolo and Josie Prell