|one of Mattie's People by Mattie Eley|
Most of these soft sculpture artists developed their fiber arts skills through years of quilt making. Thus they regularly show their work at the Atlanta Quilt Festival, one of the many cultural events that enrich the city during the National Black Arts Festival.
|detail from "The Women" by Nina Moore|
Cookie Patterson's beautiful bride doll is on permanent display at the South Fulton Arts Center where the quilt show was exhibited.
Mattie's People were throwing fierce attitude as usual.
Meanwhile Cassandra Harrison crafted a touching scene of a grandfather who has fallen asleep while reading to four adorable grand-kids.
The quilts were breathtakingly beautiful. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Aisha Lumumba was one of my favorites.
|"R.E.S.P.E.C.T." by Aisha Lumumba|
It is easy to see why Ambassador Andrew Young and President & Mrs. Barack Obama have purchased Lumumba's quilts for their collections!
O.V. Brantley not only advances the art of quilting through her own masterful work, she has also established the Clara Ford Foundation "to promote, preserve and celebrate the art of African American quilting and quilting in general" in honor of her grandmother.
|"Give Yourself Flowers Today" by O.V. Brantley|
The Clara Ford Foundation presented a selection of red and white quilts that were greatly appreciated by the Delta Sigma Theta sorrors whose colors are red and white.
|"A Bouquet in Red and White" by O.V. Brantley|
On Sunday August 29th, the day the exhibit opened, I joined Cookie Patterson of the Dazzling Dames in the demonstration room at the South Fulton Arts Center. Cookie was demonstrating how to make doll pins. She had asked me to bring some videos so I set up a simple backdrop and demonstrated how to shoot doll videos with an iPod Touch. "The Love Story" was the collaboration of four siblings:
Whether in two dimensional quilts, three dimensional dolls, or in time-based multimedia, it was refreshing and inspiring to see such positive representations of African American experience.