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Gee’s Bend Quilts

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For those of you who don’t know about the quilt makers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, take a look at this touching 27 minute video that accompanied the exhibition of these quilts which toured America a few years ago. Made by a small group of women who lived in the isolated, rural hamlet of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, these stunning works of art are made from textile scraps and worn-out clothes, and are steeped in the lives of the women who made them, their poverty and need, as well as their improvisational creativity and aesthetic sophistication. See a catalogue of the quilts here, with comments by the quiltmakers…

THE QUILTS OF GEE’S BEND from Souls Grown Deep Foundation on Vimeo.

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…check out a wonderful book on the quilts of Gee’s Bend here and below, watch an Emmy award-winning PBS documentary which goes into  greater depth about the quilts, their makers and the people who were forged by the history of Alabama…

The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend – PBS Feature from Glass World Films on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

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Weather Diary

For the Finnish textile and house furnishing company, Marimekko, artist Aino Maija Metsola has created a beautiful line of ceramics and textiles called ’Weather Diary‘. Over several months she documented coastal weather in photographs, then made sketches and these were translated onto both fabric and Sami Ruotsalainen’s Oiva tableware

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…read an interview with Aino talking about creating ‘Weather Diary’ here and check out the entire Marimekko ‘Weather Diary’ line here

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Mister Finch

 Mister Finch is a textile artist living in Leeds, Yorkshire, and he makes the most delightful creatures…

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…there’s an article on him in the June issue of The Craft Institute’s magazine, Making. Click on the images to enlarge…

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…here’s an interview with him in the fabulous U.K. textile publication, Selvedge Magazine, Issue 50..

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….and don’t forget to read his blog here. Thanks Lia Crowe

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