book: journey of hope

by kath_red on 27/04/2010

in Books, Features

Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama by Carolyn L. Mazloomi (Author), Meg Cox (Foreword). Voyageur Press; First edition (April 5, 2010).

This book is the outcome of the quilt exhibition – The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama, which commemorated an historic milestone in American history – the election of an African American man as president. The show opened Dec. 18, 2009 at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio, and will run through to Dec. 18, 2010 before touring the country. I didn’t see the exhibition – but whipup has featured quilts from the show here, here and here.

Quilting has traditionally long been a forum for American women to express their views through stitching. This book is not about Obama or about politics (well it is but its more than that), but an incredible voice of expression and this collection of quilts is an amazing archive of this time in history.

So skipping politics, I want to talk about the quilts, there are many that depict Obama himself, and others that show communities, and tell stories, there is a lot of text used and an amazing array of mediums and techniques. That was what i found most inspiring about the quilts, each artist describes their quilt, what inspired their design and what techniques they used to make it. Computer printed fabric, photo transfers, painted fabric, fabric pens, beads and buttons, paint and embroidery, hand quilting, machine quilting, applique, machine embroidery, stenciling, collage and mixed media – really the gamut of artistic expression has been used – materials include new and recycled, wools, cottons, silks, paper, vinyl and shells, stones and upholstery – the list continues – …

The creativity and artistic endeavour takes my breath away…

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1 angelina April 27, 2010 at 11:29 pm

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