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Books about African American Quilts

UNCONVENTIONAL AND UNEXPECTED QUILTS

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950–2000




SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL FROM ‘NUTHIN’ BUT SCRAPS AND LEFTOVERS...




Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950–2000.

Roderick Kiracofe's new book does a fantastic job of showcasing lots of wonderful vibrantly colored, bold, beautiful, eye catching "EYE CANDY" in the form of offbeat, asymmetrical, quirky,and m-provisationally created quilted artworks.... composed basically from scraps and leftovers.

For those who love to be surprised and amazed by the visual unexpected components joined together on canvases such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollack ,Picasso,Miro and other modern artists....try feasting your eyes on the visual effects prominent
 in the compositions of the quilts in Roderick's new book.  You won't cease to be amazed by the quirky,unexpected twists and turns of the visual field.  The extensive creative range of surprise effects introduced by many of the quiltmaker/artists into their artworks is truly awesome.

I am not only a lover of m-provisational style quilts...but I also create them.  I was introduced to them from my childhood onward by my grandmother, Gladys C. Durham Henry (b. 1906 - d. 1996) and other family quilters....  As a young girl These artistic works have always captivated me and been s-o-o-o entertaining to me.  They actually have become the favored art of my life.

So when I received an invitation to compose an essay for this wonderful book....you know I had to jump right on it. This was an amazing opportunity..not to be missed.  Thanks Roderick for allowing me to participate and be a part or your wonderful project.  Wishing you the best always.


Getting to explore Mr. Kiracofe's new book is like ....

getting triple dips of my favorite ice cream to savor slowly ,while I watch my favorite movie at 
the same time. Ummm....ummm GOOD!!!!  

You can read more about this amazing book at the websites below.   ENJOY!!!! 

http://www.roderickkiracofe.com/news/

http://therootconnection.blogspot.com/

http://pw.mediapolis.com/978-1-61769-123-2

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Quilt-Journalist-Tells-All---August-2014.html?soid=1104232497756&aid=o8j5RiUBNtA#fblike

http://niftyquilts.blogspot.com/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/arts/design/celebrating-american-quilts-in-shows-and-books.html?ref=arts&_r=1

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