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How Quilting Can Explain the Foreclosure Crisis

Artists like Kathryn Clark are using their work to explore the impacts of America's financial meltdown.
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San Francisco-based artist Kathryn Clark makes quilts depicting neighborhoods affected by the foreclosure crisis across the United States. The work grows out of Clark’s lifelong fascination with maps, as well as her stint in the early 2000s working as an urban planner under New Urbanism guru Peter Calthorpe. Clark recently described for Atlantic Cities how she combines secondhand materials and Internet technology to create these portraits of fraying neighborhoods.

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