Saturday, February 16, 2008

Inspiration from Gee's Bend

The Speed Art Museum has a special exhibit of quilts from Gee's Bend, Alabama and has been fortunate enough to have many of the Gee's Bend quilters in town for the weekend. I spent the afternoon at the museum speaking with them, watching them work, and admiring the quilts on display.

For such an isolated community of quilters, I found the variety and non-traditional nature of their work inspiring. I've said before that I like precision, but there is freedom in the non-precise nature of these pieces.

And there is life still in the quilts made from the worn clothes of loved ones.

So here's to the quilters of Gee's Bend and to all of us seeking life in our art.

May we experience and share life and love . . . one stitch at a time.

1 comment:

Tootie said...

Love these quilts. I originally found out about them from when they were on the postage stamps and then read an article on them in the Smithsonian. Great colors and angles!