The Quilts of Gee’s Bend

This is your assignment for week 7 of our class.

The Quilters of Gee?s Bend

I would like to introduce you to the quilters of Gee?s Bend, Alabama, USA. The artisans of this small community have for more than six generations designed some of the most beautiful, unusual, and original rag-pieced quilts available today.

Sixty quilts by the Gee?s Bend quilters premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas in 2002 and were recently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.The hamlet of Gee?s Bend is so isolated that outsiders have rarely visited it. However, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. did visit Gee?s Bend and spoke there on the eve of his march to Selma, Alabama in 1965.

Please review the attached documents taken from various websites

  • Then, tell me about those in your family or of your acquaintance who are craft artisans.
  • Do you believe those who create original works of textile craft such as quilts, woven, crocheted, and knitted textiles can be considered artists and their works considered to be art? Why?
  • Can you give other examples?
  • Why would you consider collecting these works?
  • Would you consider collecting other works of craft art or art by non-formally trained artists such as Elijha Pierce (wood carver) , or Willard Wigan(Micro Sculptor)? Why/Why not?

Here are some sites for research about Gee?s Bend and the Quilters:

Also see:

Gee’s Bend Pastimes to Patchwork Tour – Alabama Road Trips ?

Gee’s Bend Quilting Techniques and History – Martha Stewart…/geesbend-quilting-techniques-and-history ?

Learn more about FOLK ART and the History of Gee?s Bend at the sites below:

  • History of Gee?s Bend

Also View the YouTube videos:

  • ?Interview with the quilters of Gees Bend, visit Norfolk, VA;
  • The Quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama Clip 1 (View all 4 clips)
  • And Year of Alabama Arts – Gee’s Bend Quilter
    • The Gee?s Bend Quilters

Interview with the quilters of Gees Bend, visit Norfolk, VA

ยท Faith Ringgold: Quilting as an Art Form

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