The Human Quilt

“The Human Quilt” was a portrait series aimed at capturing the unseen thread that exists between every artist, designer, and poet — to celebrate and observe Portland, Oregon's unique creative community. Each portrait was made by projecting an original piece of art onto the back-lit frame of the person who created it.

What started as a personal project quickly turned into a full-blown documentation of twenty influential artists and designers in Portland. The culmination of these efforts resulted an exhibition at Beacon Sound gallery on October 14, 2017. Twenty large-format prints were displayed.

All event photography by Thomas Teal.


Many of the artists I photographed for this series are dear friends, others are new friends I discovered while pursuing the project. Here's the list of everyone featured, from top to bottom and left to right:


Due to time and resources, I had to limit this project to twenty portraits. There are so many others who also deserved to be included in this.

I hope to photograph them too someday.