Connie Horne website
Meeting new quilters and friends was an exciting part of the trip. Barbara Cooper told me that she is a recent quilter and boy is she good. I loved her story about dying the background fabric of this piece and saying she thought it was ugly. Now we know it takes talent to transform something you think is ugly into a thing of power and inspiration.
This is a link to more information about Carole and her award winning quilts.
Carole Brown and SAQA Award Winning Quilt
Unfortunately for me I did not write down the name of the piece next to Carole. I will be trying to track that down for a future post.
An additional point for excitement about the exhibit is the lesser known stories that we learned about. Artist, Harriette Alford Meriwether introduced me to her work, Mary Peake: First Colored Teacher. Ms. Peake taught classes to black children under an Oak tree that is still in existence on the campus of Hampton University.
There most certainly were men quilters in the exhibit and I had the good fortune to meet Julius Bremer who created me warmly and told me the story of attending the same school as Jesse Owens. What a role model he must have been for him as a youngster.
Julius Bremer in Cleveland Plain Dealer
Right next to Julius work is the first of Patricia Montgomery's quilts, the Scottsboro Boys-the Arrest
Patricia's second quilt is A Tribute to the Storyteller, Alex Haley
Patricia Montgomery Website
There was nothing like meeting old friends although you have never met in person.. Fellow fiber artist, public artist and wearable designer Trish Williams and I were sisters waiting to hug. She, fellow traveler, Pat and I enjoyed the quilts, dined and explored the Ohio River waterfront. We explored new ground together.
More information about Trish can be found at this link.
See you next time and if you are in Cincinnati please stop by to see And Still We Rise: Race Culture and Visual Conversations - 400 Years of African American History in Quilts at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, now through March 29, 2014
This is a link to the Freedom Center