Occasional Wednesday Salon

The February 3 New York Times features an article about the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland (California). According to the article, this group is one of a dozen or so in our country dedicated to the quilting tradition in black culture.

The guild put together an exhibit of members’ quilts that feature locales in Oakland. According to member Marion Coleman, the guild decided to design “narrative quilts that would convey in cloth the personality, history and social complexity of their home ground.” Over 100 quilts will be shown at Oakland City Hall, libraries, schools, and other local venues. I note the guild got outside funding for this project. Good for them.

Based on the quilts shown in the NYT slide show, varied styles are used. Here’s Marion Coleman’s Firestorm, inspired by recent wildfires.

Coleman Firestorm



Filed under Quilt Shows

4 responses to “Occasional Wednesday Salon

  1. Firestorm is incredibly effective!

  2. Diane

    Thank you for sharing this article. I just wish this show was closer so we could see it. The quilt ‘Firestorm’ represents the ’91 fire exactly as well as the one with the fog clad buildings around Lake Merritt. Looks like a great show, maybe it will travel.

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