"The Quilts of Gee's Bend were created by a group of women who live in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee's Bend, Alabama during the 19th century (when the community was the site of a cotton plantation owned by a Joseph Gee). Currently, more than 50 quilt–makers make up the Gee's Bend Collective..."The compositions of the quilts contrast dramatically with the ordered regularity associated with many styles of Euro-American quilt–making. There's a brilliant, improvisational range of approaches to composition that is more often associated with the inventiveness and power of the leading 20th-century abstract painters than it is with textile-making," writes Alvia Wardlaw, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts." More here.
I was so thrilled to partake in a 5–day workshop "Fundamentals of Color from Plants and Insects: Exploring Wide Applications of Natural Dyeing and Printing on Textiles," with dye–master Michel Garcia.
"A French National born in Morocco, Garcia is a well–respected botanist, chemist, and naturalist. In addition, he is an artist, author, and curator. Michel Garcia has unlocked the natural, colorful mystery of plants, through a life–long passion and interest. In the process he has developed ways to lessen the environmental impact of chemical dyes."