Matrilineage began with a group interview of four generations of women in my family. I was particularly interested in discovering how different generations of women related to and thought about technology. Earlier generations focused both on innovations that afforded change in their lives and technologies of necessity, rather than recreation. Younger women take many of these earlier inventions for granted, as domestic labor has grown to be less physical and more mechanized. As such, many of their stories focus more on leisure.

Some of the stories that emerged during that conversation evolved into the foundation of Matrilineage. I hand made a QR code to represent each woman using materials and techniques that reflect the individual. Each QR code leads to a specific story archived on the project website. The stories are personal narratives about about a specific piece of technology and the impact that technology has had on the individual. The videos that accompany the audio narratives were created by Emil Lendof.

The final QR code in the series represents you. Scanning that particular QR code will lead you to a web form where you can contribute your own story to the archive.

Matrilinage: Grandma QR Code
Matrilineage: Grandma
Size: 1.5″ x 1.5″
Medium: Cross Stitch
Matrilineage: Gram QR Code
Matrilineage: Gram
Size: 5.5″ x 5.5″
Medium: Hand-Quilted Custom Designed Fabric
Matrilineage: Mom QR Code
Matrilineage: Mom
Size: 3.5″ x 3.5″
Medium: Hand-woven 1/8″ Ribbon
Matrilineage: Me QR Code
Matrilineage: Me
Size: 7″ x 36″
Medium: Hand-Embroidered Custom Silk
Matrilineage: Sis QR Code
Matrilineage: Sis
Size: 2″ x 2.5″
Medium: Woven Beads
Matrilineage: You QR Code
Matrilineage: You
Size: 4″ x 4″
Medium: Laser Cut Felt