Adriene Cruz: The February 1999 Smithsonian Magazine shows the framed portrait of
Adriene Cruz that is part of the "Communion of the Spirits:
African-American Quilters, Preservers and Their Stories" exhibit. The quilt
is titled "Dunumba" (African Rhythm), and the frame was designed by
Deborah Under the Palm Tree:
Large image of quilt plus contact information.
ArtMom Story: Brief sketch of Adriene's life as she integrates
being an artist with being a mom.
“The Underground Railroad”
Barbara Pietila: Image of her quilt "They Sold Aunt Nettie
Harris: An article about the work of Carole Harris, "Memory, Quilts
& Jazz" with images of her quilts (be sure to click the arrow at the
end of the text to see the quilts).
Sisters - African-American Quilting in Michigan: Image of
"Appropriateness of Yellow", a quilt designed by Carole Harris and
pieced by Laura Rodin is displayed as part of this exhibit.
Creating Memory: A Conversation with Carole Harris, A Detroit-Based
Quilt Artist: Full text of an article in Ijele: Art eJournal of the
African World (2000)
Carolyn Mazloomi: This will link
you to the web site of one of the most well-known quilt artists today who is of
African-American heritage. An internationally renown author (Spriits of the
Cloth: Contemporary African-American Quilts), lecturer, quilt historian, curator
and founder of the Women of Color Quilter's Network, Dr. Mazloomi's work is
found in numerous museum, corporate and private collections. The site is
outstanding and provides extensive information about the artist, including many
images of her work. Following are additional web sites that profile Carolyn
Mazloomi and her work:
Written as if Quilts Could Talk: Newspaper review of Spirits of the
Cloth that describes quilts by Julia Payne, Roland Freeman, Carolyn Cameron,
Frances Hare, and Julia McAdoo. Image of "Three Women" by Julia McAdoo
"Nine of Spades": Carolyn Mazloomi is one of the 54
artists invited to participate in the Full Deck quilt challenge. The exhibition
that opened at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in 1994.
· Quilts Show Woman Power - Forest Park Artist Nurtures Talent in Others: Newpaper article showing Carolyn Mazloomi in a gallery photo.
- Thirteen Moons Gallery
: Four of
the quilts are shown
of the quilts are shown
· Stitching the Dream: 1997 article profiling Carolyn Mazloomi and the establishment of the Women of Color Quilter's Network. Nonclickable image of one quilt is shown. (NOTE: IT TAKES SOME EFFORT TO LOCATE THIS ARTCLE - USE THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS):
Cathleen Richardson Bailey: This is her official website.
Absolute Arts: Website where Cathleen's quilts can be purchased.
Hughes Library: Shows image of a quilt designed by Cathleen for the library with a
grant from the Surdna Foundation
Graves: Gallery page on the website of the Quilters of Color Network of
New York, Inc. Shows images of two quilts as well as biographical information
detailing how she became involved with this art form.
in the Corner: Another image at the same website.
Article about her work in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Images of two quilts shown (clickable
for close up views)
Threads Her Artistry with African-American History: This is another article with one image.
An African-American quilter who has lived in Tanzania for over 30 years.
Benberry: Internationally renown quilt historian, archivist, lecturer,
author, curator, Cuesta Benberry is the 1983 Quilter's Hall of Fame Honoree.
Author of Always There: The African-American Presence in American Quilts, and
co-author (with Carol Pinney Crabb) of Patchwork
Pieces: An Anthology of Quilt Fiction, Cuesta Benberry serves on the Board
of Directors of the Quilter's Hall of Fame.
of A Piece of My Soul exhibit: Lot of information and pictures of
Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans: Review of the book.
"Top 10 Titles for the Study of Quilts from Seven Quilt
Historians": Take a look at what Cuesta recommends for building a
quilt library. (NOTE: this does not focus on books about African-American
Women and Quilts: Although her quilting focus has primarily been on
historical development, Cuesta is also a quilter. This site shows an image of
one of Cuesta's quilts.
This is where many images of her work can be found.
Denise Fox : This shows a close-up of the upper-left corner of her quilt using African and aboriginal (Australian) fabrics.
This is her official website.
in Embassies Program: “Jazz Mobile” is on exhibit at the American Embassy in Lagos
Dorothy Holden: Images of two of her quilts are displayed as
well as a very brief profile.
of Diamonds": Along with Carolyn Mazloomi, Dorothy Holden was one of the 54 artists
invited to participate in the Full Deck quilt challenge which was exhibited at
the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in 1994. Unfortunately, only a few of these
quilts can now be viewed on the web.
Images of many of her quilts are available as well as African fabrics that can
EdJohnetta Miller: This is her official website.
Article: An excellent article from a school newsletter about
EdJohnetta's visit and talk with students.
the Flame": EdJohnetta's entry in the "Women of Taste"
exhibit. (Scroll half-way down the page to view it)
“Human Wrongs”, Edna’s entry in the Roots of Racism Exhibit. This quilt
has also become part of the Art in
Embassies program and will be in
the American Embassy in Pakistan.
2001”: This is a large scale image of a piece in an exhibit at
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Talford Scott: This site gives a detailed review of her exhibit, "Eyewinkers,
Tumbleturds and Candlebugs: the
Traditions/Generations: Biographical information about Elizabeth
and her daughter, Joyce.
Scott Shows the Craft of Quilts: Detailed review of an exhibit in Winston-Salem, NC.
One quilt, "Rocks in Prison" is shown.
Ringgold: This is the official web site of Faith Ringgold who is
undoubtedly the most famous contemporary quilt artist of African American
heritage. As an artist, author of many children's books, and lecturer, she is
internationally renown. This site provides a biography and information about
current and permanent exhibitions and answers to Frequently Asked Questions
about her work, as well as access to images of her work by category (public
collections, private collections, ACA galleries, permanent installations, as
well as museum and gallery exhibitions). Images are clickable for close-up
views. Following are additional web sites that profile Faith Ringgold and her
Century of Quilts: Documentary by PBS profiling Faith Ringgold.
Artist Profile: Faith Ringgold: This article gives an in-depth
profile of Faith Ringgold.
at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold's
French Collection and Other Story Quilts - An extensive article about this
exhibit; includes a slide show.
Art & Life - A
(very) few words with noted painted and quilt-maker Faith Ringgold: A
newspaper article about a ten-minute telephone interview with Faith Ringgold
about how her work and life fit together.
Ringold: Her Story in Text and Image: Extensive information Faith
Ringgold and images of her work from an exhibit held at the University of
Missouri-Columbia in 2000.
Ringgold - Images: This Art in Context web site hosts Faith Ringgold's
home page. It will take the viewer directly to all of the images of her work
that are available on the site. All are double clickable for very enlarged
Faith Ringgold's Story Quilts: This is a six page (printed),
in-depth book review by Jack Foley of The
of View - Looking At Five Contemporary Female Artists of Color: A
biography and profile of Faith Ringgold is given.
Questions: Faith Ringgold has long been concerned with racial issues.
This is a website devoted to that specific topic that she developed.
Dinner Quilt" - Discussion: This site shares points of view about
"The Dinner Quilt" by Faith Ringgold from the perspective of four
disciplines - an Aesthetician, Art Critic, Art Historian, and the Artist. It
does not provide access to an image of the work discussed, but it can be
accessed by clicking
Survey of Women Writers - Faith Ringgold: Extensive essay by Optic Magazine
Faith Ringgold's Story Quilts: Detailed review by Jack Foley
with biographical & other information.
a successful and prominent artist, Faith Ringgold has had to contend personally
with an issue concerning many quilt artists today - copyright violation. A
number of sites were detailing the case were initially available, but are no
longer accessible. However, info about her legal battle can be obtained at the
Savannah fiber artist who creates quilts and wearable art.
Fabric of Life is Art": article about her in the Savannah Morning News
Gwendolyn A. Magee: Or Gwendolyn Magee, or Gwen Magee. At any
rate, that's me! The link will take you to the "About Me" page. There
you can read my Artist Resume, but the gallery isn't up as yet. You can also
find me on page 372 of Communion of the
Spirits..., and on pages 128, 167, 170, and 184 of Spirits of the Cloth...
The Power of a Series: Gwen Magee Finds Inspiration in an Anthem:
Abbreviated version of an article in the Fall 2001 issue of Quilting Quarterly,
the Journal of the National Quilting Association.
: Has been featured in Quilt Magazine on the use of color in quilts.
Brief review of a 1997 exhibit. No images.
Hughes Mooney : This is a logo that was designed using Jacquelyn’s drawings and
images from one of her quilts.
Jim Smoote : One of that rare breed of male art quilters. This piece is titled, “Buju”
An image of her quilt, “Three Women” is shown in this review of the Spirits
of the Cloth exhibit
This is her official website.
This is an in-depth profile of Karen Boutte
- "Simply Quilts" episode: Full instruction is provided on how to make an
African Mask Quilt.
Kianga’s entry in the Roots of Racism exhibit
Dolls Made by Friends: Shows some of her dolls.
Hicks: The personal web site of Kyra Hicks provides an in-depth profile
of her including the image of a quilt
she created in tribute to a family elder, a dear aunt who was 91 years old
at the time.[Special Note: She was introduced to her husband by Mary McLeod
Bethune and Zora Neale Hurston was a witness at her wedding!] Be sure to read
the letter her aunt wrote to
express her feelings.
Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook: Kyra has compiled the first comprehensive guide to African American
quilt history and contemporary practices containing over 1,700 bibliographic
references, many of them annotated, covering exhibit catalogs, books,
newspapers, magazines, dissertations, films, novels, poetry, speeches, works of
art, advertisements, patterns, greeting cards, auction results, ephemeral items,
and online resources on African American quilting. AVAILABLE Fall of 2002
Lauren Austin: A large view of "Homage to the
Disappeared" is shown, along with links to a view of the back and two quilt
details. Submitted to the Quilt Art Online Critique Group, an in-depth artist's
statement is included. This quilt is touring with the Expressions of Freedom
exhibit with the United Nations building as one of the venues. It also was
pictured in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.
She is the author of African Accents:
Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home, and Global
Expressions: Decorating With Fabrics From Around the World. She additionally
has a 25-minute video with instructions on how to make an African Mosaic Quilt.
Mailou Jones: In her early career was a textile designer for the F. A.
Foster Company and Schumacher's of New York.
Mailou Jones on the Joys and Frustrations of Recognition Deferred" : This
is a must read article!
Mailou Jones Gallery: This site shows images of two of her textile designs
O'Bryant Seabrook: Marlene O'Bryant Seabrook's web site is designed to
encompass a broad range of her interests, from heritage, to family, to the
journey that has brought her to this stage in her life. Internal links provide
access to: historical information about Harriet Powers and the special
quilt that Marlene created in her honor; another quilt commissioned for the
centennial celebration of her alma mater, South Carolina State College; and some
of the African-American quilters with who she networks regularly. Another site
displaying Marlene's work:
Stitch in Time: An extensive review of an exhibit of Marlene's work at
Western Carolina University's Chelsea Gallery.
Quilts Online Gallery: Image of a quilt by Marlene O'Bryant Seabrook
"Harriet Powers: A Darling Offspring of Her Brain" and information
about its construction is given. Image clickable for a larger view.
This site shows images and close-up details of six of her quilts that were on
exhibit in 2001 at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort, KY.
Louise Smith: Mary Louise Smith is President of the Quilter's
of Color Network of New York, Inc., and has been exhibited and/or conducted
workshops at the American Craft Museum, American Museum of Natural History,
Museum of American Folk Art, and the UFA Gallery-New York, among many others. A
gallery of her work is slated to be activated on her web site later this year.
Wonderful fiber artist. The last (3rd) photo on the top row is one of
Melinda Moore Larkin Gallery: This is a site that sells a wide variety of her fiber art designs as
postcards, magnates, note cards and address books.
Cummings: Michael is probably the most well known male African-American
quilter. This is his official website. Following is another site with his work:
in Memphis": Image of this quilt
Impressions, Stitch by Stitch: This 1998 article in the Christian
Science Monitor is a profile of Michael Cummings and an in-depth review of his
exhibit at Bates College. One image is shown which is a detail of "Kitty
and the Fireflies in the Bush # 11" (1991).
This is an image of “Revelation: The Circle of Life Prevails”, Myrah’s
entry in the Roots of Racism exhibit. It was awarded a prize for third place.
Bonds : “Jubilation”
and Annie Smith:
“Hips, Lips and Hair” is their entry in the Roots of Racism exhibit.
Hartwell: This is a text and
an audio interview with Peggie Hartwell found in the Smithsonian Archives of
Cultural Center Features Master Quilter: In depth article about an
exhibit. Image of "The Journey" is shown.
Jackson Harris: Scroll to bottom of page to view three of her quilts
This is the Hearne Fine Art website and shows many quilts by Phyllis.
Exhibits – Reviews and Online Tours:
Communion of the Spirits: This is an extensive book review by Nancy Cameron
Armstrong, Chairperson of the Canadian Quilt Study Group (a wonderful
organization, unfortunately the CQSG is now defunct).
of American Folklore, Winter 2001: This is a very
extensive review of the exhibit. No images.
of the Cloth: Contemporary African-American Quilts: An extensive review in Carolina
Arts. It includes images of
“Sixteen Feet of Dance – A Celebration; a Self-Portrait” by Frances Hare,
and “The Wedding Party: The History of Our Nation is Really the Story of
Families” by Dindga McCannan. Other reviews include:
the Bedspread: includes images of “Khemetic Paradise” by Myrah Brown-Green;
“Peaceful Lagoon” by Sandra K. German; “Camouflage, A Means of Survival”
by Betty Leacraft; “The Guiding Star” by Ruth Ward; “16 Feet of Dance”
by Frances Hare; and “Ode to Edmund” by Wini Akissi
Celebrating African American Spirit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s
Extensive review, no images
A virtual tour of the "Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary Quilts by
African-Americans" exhibit when it was at the University of Houston. Most,
though not all of the quilts are accessible. (NOTE: It requires the Quicktime
plugin that can be quickly downloaded from the site). Instructions
for the tour:
of Freedom: The Underground Railroad Story in Quilts: Extensive review
including images of “Middle Passage” by Viola Burley Leak; “Shh!!” by
Cathleen Richardson Bailey; “Dancin’ at the Tree of Life” and “Wandering
Spirit” by Myra Brown Green, “The Underground Railroad” by Barbara Payne,
Clark: Creates stunning wearable art. This is her
for American Quilts: This is an in-depth interview with Rachel Clark.
Includes an image of her modeling one of her garments as well as one of the
vests she has created.
"Simply Quilts" episode: "Nigerian Applique". Image of a pillow
created with this technique is provided, but no instructions.
There has been a lot of controversy about the book he authored with Jacqueline
Tobin, Hidden In Plain View which uses
the stories handed down in one family as proof that quilts were used as secret
codes to help slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. Following are articles
and papers for both sides of the issue:
Code in the Quilt:
This is a downloadable auidofile in which Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond Dobard
talk about for 10-minutes about how they met Ozella McDaniel Williams and did
the research that is the foundation of their book, Hidden
in Plain View. There is a 7-minute interview that follows with magician
Teller (of the team, Penn and Teller) in which he begins by relating how the
"code" being "hidden in plain view" is related to the way
magic is performed.
Code in the Quilt:
This is a slide show that accompanies the audiofile. It contains images of
Ozella McDaniel Williams and several quilts made by Raymond illustrating the
type of quilt blocks that had significance for the "code".
Fraying Yarn: The White Author of a Book on Quilting Thinks Her Black Male
Co-Author is Getting All the Credit:
This is just pathethic. It needs to be read.
Ideas into Patterns: Methodology in the Writing of Hidden in Plain View,
by Raymond Dobard
in Cloth: A Rich History, A Promising Future: Review
of a book about quilting in Illinois in which there is an essay, " A
Covenant in Cloth: The Visible and the Tangible in African-American Quilts"
that suggests quilts may have been used as signals along the Underground
Railroad. (NOTE: Use CTRL-F or scroll about 3/4 way down the page)
of Slaves Bound For Freedom: 2 Women Unraveled Code in Quilts,
by Karen S. Peterson, USA Today
of Controversy: Civil War Quilts and Beyond, by Cheryl S. Cohen
Jersey's Underground Railroad Myth Buster, by Hoag Levins
of Hidden in Plain View:
By Giles R. Wright, director of African-American History Program of the New
Jersey Historical Commission.
Underground Railroad and the Use of Quilts as Messengers for Fleeing Slaves,
by Kimberly Wulfert, PhD
Raymond K. Houston: A male art quilter, he has great sense of humor, naming his website “Nacho Grandma’s Quilts!”.
Roland Freeman: Roland Freeman, an internationally renowned
photojournalist, devoted 20 years of his life to documenting quilting by
African-Americans. His work in this area has culminated in the 1996 publication
of his book, A Communion of the Spirits:
African-American Quilters, Preservers and Their Stories. An exhibit
including over 200 photos and up to 80 quilts (depending on the available space)
has toured the country with venues including: Arts and Industries Museum -
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA;
Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex, Columbus, OH;
Mississippi Musuem of Art, Jackson, MS; Museum of African American History,
Detroit, MI; and National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN. Venues are scheduled
in Hampton, VA, San Diego, CA, Charleston, SC and Los Angeles, CA.
Release about the exhibit:
by the Gibbes Museum of Art:
Bearden - Book Cover FabrIc:
The fabric used for the cover of this book by Derek Walcott, The
Caribbean Poetry of Derek Walcott & the Art of Romare Bearden (1983) was
personally designed by Romare Bearden (his signature is on the right). It
required fifteen separate hand-cut silk screens to create. The book was limited
to 2,000 copies.
This is an image of “Still Moving On”, Sandy’s entry in the Roots of
This is her official website . Sherry’s work has been featured in many
publications, most recently with an article (“When Two Dreams Meet:
Crazy-Quilting in Tanzania”) in the Fall 2002 issue of Quilting Quarterly,
the official publication of the National Quilting Association. Her art is housed
in many collections and is exhibited widely.
. Sherry’s work has been featured in many publications, most recently with an article (“When Two Dreams Meet: Crazy-Quilting in Tanzania”) in the Fall 2002 issue of Quilting Quarterly, the official publication of the National Quilting Association. Her art is housed in many collections and is exhibited widely.
Sheila is an expert in using the computer for quilting.
Circles” : Article by
Pamela Johnson in Essence, May 1999. One of the groups highlighted is the
Pacific Northwest African American Quilters Association.
for the Preservation of African-American Quilts: This is a downloadable audio file of an
interview by Good News Broadcast with Esperanza "Candy" Martinez about
the SPAAQA, an organization dedicated to producing video documentaries about
African-American quilters. It is approximately 20 minutes long.
This article gives a profile of the work of Tina Brewer that was showcased in a
1998 exhibit at the Institute of Texan Culture. No images available.
No other web sites with images of her work are currently available.
2000 and Beyond Quilt:
A project spearheaded by Marian Hayes to provide financial support for the
Department of African-American Studies at Chicago State University.
Burley Leak : “Middle Passage”
Founder of the Daughters of Dorcas and Sons quilt guild in Washington, DC. An
in-depth profile of Mrs. Canady is presented, along with three pictures (in the
picture of the four women, Mrs. Canady is the one on the right that's dressed in
R. Harris: Interview with Virginia Harris (however, it is hard to read).
Closeup image of quilt created to look like a jigsaw puzzle.
Vivian Benton: Vivian is the publications chair and editor of
Quilting Quarterly, the journal of the National Quilting Association.
Yolanda Hood : This is an article in which Yolanda talks about the value of working as a museum researcher/co-curator during a doctoral program internship. Dr. Hood is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Ashville whose 2000 PhD dissertation is: African American Quilt Culture: An Afrocentric Feminist Analysis of African American Art Quilts in the Midwest. She has also presented a number of papers, including “Postmodern Nostalgia and the Rift in African American Quilt Culture”; and “A Piece of the Fabric: African American Quilt Culture Then and Now” in which she examined the history of African American women and men in America’s quilt history and the various ways race, class and gender played a role in the acceptance and validation of African American quilters