Verse Forms: Binary (in progress)

01000001 00100000 01110011 01101101 01101111 01101111

01110100 01101000 00100000 01100010 01101100 01100001

01100011 01101011 00100000 01110011 01110100 01101111

01101110 01100101 00100000 00001101 00001010 01110111

01100101 01101001 01100111 00100000 01101111 01101110

00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100011

01101000 01100101 01110011 01110100 01110011 01100001

01111001 01110011 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101

00100000 01100001 01110010 01100101 00100000 01101110

01101111 01110100 00100000 01101000 01101111 01101101

01100101 00101110 01001110 01101111 01110100 00101100

00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 01110010 01100101

00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01101110 01101111

00100000 01101000 01101111 01101101 01100101 00101110

Verse Forms: Binary

A smooth black stone

weighs on the chest

says you are not home.

Not, there is no home.

MJ Millington

Written, designed, and machine-pieced by MJ Millington, November 2018.

Quilting in progress, January 2019. 40.5” x 50”


Verse Forms is a series of conceptual quilts by MJ Millington exploring poetry in textile form. In this quilt the poet/artist has translated the poem into binary code, with each letter, punctuation mark or space represented by an 8-digit sequence of the numerals 0 and 1. 0 was then assigned light fabrics, and 1 dark.

From the artist: “Each piece is a poem written by me, then translated into a textile. Each takes a different aspect of the poem—from typography, to spacing, to meter, rhyme, et cetera—and shifts it into a slightly-more-than-2D space, utilizing the attributes of an ancient art form, the quilt. Each piece is written, designed, pieced, appliquéd, and quilted by me, using both hand and machine techniques. Each piece of patchworked fabric represents a letter of the poem, and the improvisational cutting technique adds a sinuous quality to the lines of verse. Words, in the form of colors and shapes, shimmer and sally across the surface of the work, belying the perception of a printed poem as a static object.”