Colleen Merrill’s work examines the simultaneous personal and social history of textiles. Her adorned, embellished, and sometimes garish composite forms scrutinize the beauty and tension of our most interdependent relationships. The Caliker series refers to vernacular unique to Kentucky, derived from the 1907 book, Aunt Jane of Kentucky by: Eliza Calvert. Caliker was a term used in the book to imply textiles that evoke memory and philosophy. The Bared-Fawn series refers to the double meaning of Fawn and Faun; one who is still un-weaned or retaining a distinctive baby coat and, the composite mythological creature. Bared-Fawn considers notions and perceptions of maternity. Her most current work, Tending Edges, widens that scrutiny by examining how our intimacies become entangled amongst larger social domains. The forms are designed for domestic space that has been repurposed for public use, creating a figurative conversation that exists within the gray area of public and private.