Friday, January 9, 2015

Stitching Together

 (Above:  Stitching Together, a sculpture art quilt including a whole-cloth grave rubbing on a vintage damask tablecloth attached to a mid-19th century antique quilting frame at which two, unique chairs made from more modern quilting frames sit.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

Stitching Together was created in response to a very specific call-for-entry for a juried shows called  Crafting Civil (War) Conversations at the McKissick Museum here in Columbia, SC.  It was accepted and will be on view from February 2 - May 30, 2014. The information from the call-for-entry included this paragraph:

Seeking entries from artists working in what historically have been regarded as craft-based media (clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood), our exhibit will be a juried art exhibition that symbolically re-enacts the Civil War’s end as a scene of reconciliation—not between the North and the South—but between former slaves and former slave owners. The Museum ask artists to imagine and give visual and sculptural form to this scene, perhaps giving form to what Martin Luther King conjured when he dreamt of a day when “the sons of former slaves and the sons of slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."

(Above:  Brown crayon grave rubbings from the unknown Confederate soldiers' burial area in Elmwood Cemetery and black crayon grave rubbings of doves, lambs, praying hands, olive branches, and other motifs from nearby Randolph Cemetery, the historic African-American burial ground.  The fabric is a vintage, damask tablecloth.)

 (Above:  Detail of the the self-guided, free-motion machine embroidery.)

To read more about this unique, sculptural art quilt, CLICK HERE.

 (Above:  One of two chairs created for the sculptural work.)

 (Above:  Detail of the crayon grave rubbing on the chair's seat.)

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