I'm Whitney Arlene Crispell, and I founded Local Color, a quilting and home textile studio, in 2017.
My handmade work is crafted slowly, with extreme attention to detail, and inspired by my love of my community and color. I love to play with contrast, patterns, tone-on-tones, and making rainbows with fabric.
When I married my husband in 2011, dear friends of ours gathered secretly to make us a wedding quilt (see some photos from that sweet moment below). It is my most treasured possession. Shortly after, I began creating other quilts with these same friends, and my love for the quilting tradition grew.
In a culture that increasingly values throwaway or one-use items, handmade quilts feel subversive. Depending on size or complexity, I spend anywhere from 10-40 hours creating each quilt. I use a variety of hand-dyed, up-cycled, vintage, and modern textiles in my pieces.
I love what my quilting work brings to my life: intention, patience, and color. It would be an honor to share my handmade, heirloom quilts with you, and inspire the same.