We worked closely with the Gee’s Bend Foundation to re-create these works of American art. Each of our quilts is a close replica of the original piece, hand quilted using the same technique, similar fabrics and the same dimensions – an approximate Queen size. The women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama have developed a distinctive, bold, and sophisticated quilting style based on traditional American and African American quilts. The quiltmakers have passed their skills and aesthetic down through at least six generations to the present.
I hope if this is a success that they will consider some of the bolder designs.
The Museum Craft Collection isn’t only Gee’s Bend quilts, but also items inspired by the collections at the American Folk Art Museum and the Shelburne Museum.
AFAM curator (and other) issues published at New York Mag this month.