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TUMBLING BLOCK original paper collage


TUMBLING BLOCK original paper collage

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Original paper collage featuring a tumbling block pattern inspired by a vintage quilt in tones of tans, blues, beige, cream and teal. All hand-cut paper finished with wood frame and Musuem Plexi.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 33.5" H x 33.5" W (framed)
  • Frame: weathered brown wood frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with wire on back

The Process

Each Dolan Geiman collage is crafted from hand-cut vintage papers sourced over decades of exploration and careful categorizing, held dearly until the perfect piece arrives to claim their colors and texture.

Learn more about the making of paper collages here.


The Story

The tumbling block pattern is a popular design that can be seen throughout history. It emerged in early Greek and Roman mosaics (likely before), Renaissance architecture, and in Baroque, Victorian, and modern art. It was introduced as an American quilting pattern in the 1850’s, and that storied tradition provides personal inspiration.

Quilting began as a salvaging activity, utilizing and repurposing precious materials to extend and renew in a decorative manner. This convergence of practicality, ornament, and storytelling is foundational to Dolan's work and philosophy as well.

The transition from the precise geometries of the mosaics to the craft of quilting changed the context and allowed for stories and messages to be embedded in its layers with the prized imperfections of the hand of the maker. The resulting work is a timeless optical illusion, woven with the stories of the past emerging in their renewed state.

These pieces - Tumbling Block and Mama Made - are just some of Dolan's works featuring this style of pattern making. Dolan loves drawing on techniques of the past, reinterpreting in paper and bringing them to life in these tactile works.

Story of Tumbling Block, Dolan Geiman 2022

Understanding Limited Series

Each work in Dolan Geiman’s portfolio is unique and hand-crafted. Some are one-of-a-kind pieces while others are reiterations of a recurring theme, denoted as Limited Series throughout the site.

Each piece in a Limited Series is created with a inimitable collection of found materials so that no two are exactly alike. Iterations will vary slightly in color, pattern, typography and frame; each is crafted in a limited quantity and without a predetermined edition numbering.