SciQuilt – What to know before we go (on IODP Exp. 390/393)


January 4, 2022 by Dr. G

I’ll be joining IODP Expedition 390 (South Atlantic Transect) as one of the science education/outreach officers in April-June 2022. One of the ways I plan to continue sharing the work from this expedition is through – surprise! – quilting some science stories. I created one pre-expedition quilt already, giving a nod to legacy expedition DSDP Leg 3. I decided to create one additional pre-expedition quilt dedicated to the co-chief scientists of the joint 390/393 sailing.

Back in May 2021, I attended a live video stream with some of the co-chief scientists for Expeditions 390/393 (archived on YouTube). The session was titled Science in the Time of COVID: Connecting with Exp 395E, South Atlantic Transect and discussed how research and scientific ocean drilling was being managed with the challenges presented by the pandemic. I took the opportunity to ask the co-chief scientists the following question in the chat:

What is one piece of information you would like a person (non-scientist) to know about the upcoming EXP 390/393?

You can hear their responses starting at this timestamp in YouTube, but I also followed up with the co-chief scientists to capture their words – which then I captured on this quilt! The fabrics around each quote connect to the text – and may require you to expand your thinking. For example, around Julia Reece’s quote, the down arrows represent how drilling is done down at depth. And the fabrics around Jason Sylvan’s quote show that “interdisciplinary” means across science fields and also scientists from across the globe that sail on the JOIDES Resolution.

  • Photo of quilt hanging on a wall
  • Photo of quilt panel with a quote
  • Photo of quilt panel with a quote
  • Photo of quilt panel with a quote
  • Photo of quilt panel with a quote

The quilt measures 39 inches tall by 50 inches wide and was completed on January 3, 2022. This is the first quilt I’ve ever used a fabric poster (just like what I use for AGU poster presentations) to have text on a quilt.

I look forward to my time on the JR that will inspire some more quilt stories in the future!

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  1. […] shared my future plans for expedition-related quilts! I have two completed already (Quilt #1 and Quilt #2), and more will be done after I […]


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