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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“President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts” : February 9 – March 5, 2009 at the Cafritz Art Center, 150 King Street, Silver Spring, Maryland (just outside Washington, DC).

This is a detail of Debra Gabel’s quilt which is one of the 40 Obama quilts which will be on exhibit.



Quilts for Obama

by kath_red on 30/01/2009

in Art+Design

Quilts for Obama: An Exhibit Celebrating the Inauguration of Our 44th President. Roland L. Freeman, Guest Curator. From January 11 to January 31, 2009 : Where: The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. 801 K Street, NW (at Mount Vernon Square); Washington, DC.

Caption: From Kenya to Kansas by Denise Campbell

Caption: In my own time by Rosalyn Thomas

This show was developed by the Historical Society of Washington, DC and the Women of Color Quilters Network in partnership with The Group for Cultural Documentation (TGCD). The exhibit comprises over 60 interpretive quilts by master quilt makers to celebrate the inauguration, to welcome the Obama family to Washington, and to celebrate their roots and history.

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1. Obama Hebrew chart from tikkuknits and the logo chart.

2. From black threads a free Obama redwork quilt block pattern

3. Machine embroidery pattern

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4. Purchase African Obama commemorative fabric here.

5. Obama logo knitting chart.

6. Subversive Cross Stitch chart of Obama.

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7. I heart Obama Hat – pattern here.

8. Obama sweater pattern and chart.

9. Fiber artists for Obama quilt project

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10. Steel this sweater pattern book – Lisa Anne Auerbach Charted Patterns for Sweaters That Talk Back

11. Obama crochet finger puppet from Lion brand (need to sign in)

12. How to crochet Obama – chart included.

[many of these links have come from the Obama craft project website and flickr group, Crafters for Obama flickr group, whipup archives , Ravelry and black threads blog.]


quilts for obama

by kath_red on 24/01/2009

in Art+Design

Exhibition: ‘President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts’ at Cafritz Art Center, 150 King St., Silver Spring, MD. From February 9 to March 5, 2009 – Opening Reception: Friday, February 13th

This show is organized by Susan Walen and includes the work of 60 fiber artists – a tribute to the new US President, and to celebrate an unforgettable moment in history [some of the participating artists include Bonnie Jo, Debra Gabel, and Susan Shie and many others.

image: Susan Shie

Fiber artists for Obama are also entering a group quilt into the show – The quilt is titled “Yes I Can” and was organised by Diana Bracy whose amazing fabric mosaic quilt will also be in the show.

Image: fiber artist for Obama – collaborative quilt

Image: fiber artist for Obama – collaborative quilt – details