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Money Bag 1 thumbnail picture and link
Money Bag 2 thumbnail picture and link
Money Bag 3 thumbnail picture and link
Money Bag 4 thumbnail picture and link

Money Bag 5 thumbnail picture and link
Money Bag 6 thumbnail picture and link
Money Bag 7 thumbnail picture and link

This body of work started by gathering moneybags from the local bank where I once worked. The bags are used throughout our Federal Reserve Banking System to transport money. Due to normal wear and tear, they were on their way to destruction when I rescued them. They are made of strong canvas, which I knew could be recycled in my artwork.

Recently I have been incorporating quilting techniques in my art, using fabrics as paint, and thread as line. I came across some fabric depicting coins and currency and decided to use it in some way with the moneybags. At one point, while handling these materials, I rested my hand on the canvas and was transfixed by the outline of my hand and fingers on the moneybag. I traced the shape on the bag and thus began the direction for this presentation.

As I worked on each bag, my feelings about our universal dependence on money were transferred directly onto the very canvas that brings it to us.
Traveling Exhibit Schedule
July 18th through August 27, 2011
Joe Jaquess’ FrameDog framing and gift shop
145 W. Main Street,
Whitewater, WI 53190

January through February, 2007
First Citizens Gallery
First Citizens State Bank
Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190

June 4, 2006
Stone Mill Quilters Quilt Show
Old Armory, Whitewater, Wisconsin

May 1 through May 29, 2006
Bishop Hill Heritage Association
Steeple Building
Bishop Hill, Illinois 61419
Exhibited as a complement to the
Prairie Queen Quilt Show
May 19 through May 21, 2006

November 1 through December 31, 2005
Irwin L. Young Memorial Library
Whitewater, Wisconsin

This exhibit is available as a temporary or permanent installation. The entire “Money Bags” exhibit features seven (7) quilted moneybags in shadow-box frames. The full exhibit of the original, framed Money Bags is priced at $2,100. If purchased individually the Money Bags are $350 each.

Photographic prints of the original bags are available for purchase. More than 1 image can be combined on 1 print if desired.

Click here to view Sample Print