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Weekend Update, featuring Tom Fruin

April 18, 2002 - Walter Robinson, Artnet

Fruin, who owns two sewing machines, collects the bags in his Fort Greene neighborhood and stitches them together, sometimes in a kind of map of the housing projects where they are found. 

Finding The Stuff of Art In the Gutter, featuring Tom Fruin

April 14, 2002 - Deborah Bach, The New York Times

"Over the next 18 months, Mr. Fruin, 27, who lives in Brooklyn, collected almost 3,000 drug bags from around the city. They were plastic or glassine, some clear, others solid-colored or patterned, and the ranged from pinkie-nail-size crack bags to credit-card sized marijuana packets. He sewed them together in a quilt that sold for $20,000."

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Tom Fruin, "Cultural Narcotics: The Straight Dope"

April 11, 2002 - Ana Finel Honigman, Time Out New York

"Just as drugs promise sweet distractions, so quilts represent warmth and sleep's luxorious respite from harsh reality. [...] Like an anthropologist, Fruin names his quilts after the housing projects and neighborhoods where he gathers the baggies."

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