Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Crafted Lives


In Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American Quilters . . . . .

Patricia A. Turner explores the culture and recent history of African Americans through the creations and wisdom of nine quilters. Turner profiles quilters who exemplify the range of black women and men dedicated to the making of quilts, and she shows how their craftwork establishes order and meaning in their lives. The artisans comprise eight women and one man, ranging from teenagers to octogenarians, representing an array of education and income levels, and living across the United States, including Alaska.



Turner also probes the ways in which African American quilts and quilters have been depicted, discussed, criticized, and characterized. From the displays of Harriet Powers's creations at the turn of the twentieth century to the contemporary exhibits of such black art-quilts as those promoted by Carolyn Mazloomi, and such utilitarian expressions as the celebrated examples from Gee's Bend, Alabama, Turner uses quilts to assess the level of control African Americans have had or have not had over the materials they craft and the art they leave as legacy to new generations.



Patricia A. Turner is professor of African American and African studies and the vice provost of undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture among other books. Kyra E. Hicks is the author of Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook


The University Press of Mississippi is a not-for-profit publisher based in Jackson, Miss. Now in its 37th year of operation, the Press is supported by the eight state universities of Mississippi and releases 60 to 65 books a year.


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