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Saturday
Sep152007

a new edition...

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after reading the book, "the quilts of gee's bend", i have been inspired to create a line of game boards based on the colors that are and were used in the gee's bend quilts.  the story of gee bend, the quilts and their fabrics and amazing colors are so unique that they remind me of a playful day, children running in the grass barefoot playing games. 

 

if you are not familiar with gee's bend, it is a small, remote, black community in alabama and they have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present.  the quilts of gee's bend tells the story of this town and its art...

resembling an inland island, gee's bend is surrounded on three sides by the alabama river.  the residents ancestors worked the cotton plantaions there, first as slaves, then for several generations as tenant farmers...  gee's bend quilts carry forward an old and proud tradition of textiles made for home and family.  they represent only a part of the rich body of african american quilts.  but they are in a league by themselves.

these quilts stand out for their flair - quilts composed boldly and improvisation ally, in geometries that transform recycled work clothes and dresses, feed sacks and fabric remnants.

these pieces will all be limited editions....

my colors are inspired by the book, titled "the quilts of gee's bend".

 

 

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it is easy to see the attraction - the color, the history...but it touches me on a much more deeper level...

way long ago i had wanted to be a documentary photographer...i wanted to go to worlds that were unlike mine, to see the differences, to try to record these for purely historical purposes...i did not become one afterall, for i was shut down purely by the fear of being a young woman in these 'other worlds' that could be so unsafe for me...we needed yet another generation to pass by us - this new young generation of women who fear nothing, who are not limited to the fact that their choices were limited to secretarial, flight attendants or nurses....

over this time of working on gee's bend pieces....what i have actually found, is the 'sameness'...that yes, perhaps we are from different 'worlds' in some instances...but women all over seem to be able to take the scraps of their lives, entwined with memories and make them into art...they gather for friendship, this need to be close and this driven need to create beauty....yes, there is a part that is a necessity, warmth, but if that were the only case the time, creativity, the art of it wouldn't have appeared...now as i create pieces i don't think of the differences in our upbringing, our fights, our towns, but i think of the love they had for each other, for their families, and their fight to make things beautiful and to laugh...

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i just love this work. it is wonderful

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