Friday, August 20, 2010
"The Quilts of Gee's Bend"
For over 100 years a group of women created works of art without even knowing it. These women were from a rural black community in Alabama. Their quilts date back to the mid-1920's. The quilts represent only a portion of the quilts made by African-American women during this time, and span three or four generations. The quilts were bold and colorful improvisations, which were made of work clothes, fabric samples, cotton sacks, denim, corduroy and who know what else; representing in my opinion fine art. I am pleased to have met some of these women and their works through the pages of this book. The quilts and tops I am showcasing in this blog were inspired by these women and their quilts. By no means are my quilts meant to be copies of the quilts you will see within the pages of the book. It should also be noted that there is a vast difference in the sizes; as their quilts were meant to keep the body warm on any given cold and wintry night. My most favorite has been the quilt on the cover of the book, which was made of denim, corduroy, synthetic blends (britches legs with pockets) as noted in the book. Two of the quilts I am showing were inspired by the quilts on pages 52, and 10.