Inherited Patterns






About This Project


This work is part of an ongoing project on the Qiana® nylon fabric invented by the American chemical company DuPont in the 1960s; I was named after this fabric.

These photo collages combine fragments of booking images of other women named "Qiana" with fashion marketing materials found during my research at the DuPont archives in Wilmington, DE.

Inherited Patterns fuses two aesthetically opposing photographic genres through collage to make a formal introduction between the seemingly unrelated worlds of the fantasy Qiana® and the real-life Qiana(s).

What you see here is a selection of the images in this series, please contact me to inquire about viewing more.
©Qiana Mestrich 2011-2020 and Beyond!