Size 18” wide x 36“ long


Neologisms are representative of the evolving nature of the English language and are added to English dictionaries at a rate of 1,000 a year. Over time people coin terms, words, or phrases to better articulate themselves, refining previously-existing expressions or creating new ones to fill voids in our linguistic code. Textile Artists of Virginia (TAVA) played with neologisms that found their way into modern (and not so modern) English language.

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by Melissa Barnhart


Around the time TAVA began to talk about Neologisms, there was a Broadway hit called Seussical. The musical was taken from many of Dr. Seuss’ childrens’ books, and that gave me the idea for Whosical. There is a long running TV series featuring the time traveler Dr. Who. He is transported in a telephone booth called a Tardis.


My granddaughter and many other fans follow his adventures. If there could be a Seussical, why not a Whosical?


Carpe Diem
By Gwen Goepel



Carpe Diem comes from Latin, where it literally means "Pluck the day," though it is usually translated as "Seize the day." Its first known use: 1817


These Carp certainly seem to be putting aside all differences, all fears, all worries, and are simply just going for it!

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By Laura Post


Infantree - “Where storks make their nests”.  


 A wonderful, secret place where babies stay until taken to their new parents.  It is not known who entered this word for the 2014 Washington Post Word Play Masters Invitational. 


Made using commercial printed cottons, batiks, and various yarns, fibers and stitching techniques.

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Bompeln for Smombies
By Marietta Price


In 2016 teens in Germany created the word SMOMBIE describing a person so engrossed in using a smart phone devise that they behave zombie-like stepping in front of traffic by accident. Different countries have devised various alert methods. Germany’s embedded LEDs in the pavement are called Bompeln.

In this quilt the consuming continuous contour style stitch-drawing reflects the endless international attention to the urban cell phone user. Thread color palette is limited to red, black and the natural cotton.  Warmth is added with paint and textile medium. Trapunto adds depth to the foreground and increase perspective.  From a distance the viewer becomes a smombie gazing at the cell phone screen.