Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition

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Jazz, like quilting, is a woven art form. Both genres produce textural harvests spun from the life fibers of masters of the imagination who create for our contemplation. Quiltmaking, as in jazz, evokes a host of complex rhythms and moods. Some quilt artists listen to jazz music while working on their quilts because the one form of artistic inspiration ignites in the other. When the two forms connect, the creative energy explodes exponentially. Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition releases both the individual particles and the synergistic power of this explosion. The 83 quilts pictured include traditional, improvisational, and art quilts from some of the countries best known African American quilters. Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition unite the two most well known, and popular artistic forms in African American culture jazz and quilts. These quilt artists have harnessed in cloth the spirit of jazz, and let us feel, hear, and see jazz music.

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Carolyn L. Mazloomi is an artist, author, historian, and curator acknowledged being among the most influential African American quilt historians and quilting artists in America. Widely exhibited in the United States and internationally, her quilts can be found in numerous important museums and corporate collections, such as the Museum of Art and Design (New York City) and the Smithsonian Institution. She has appeared on television shows such as CBS Morning Show, Reading Rainbow, The Today Show, CNN, and has been the subject of several film documentaries. In 1985 she founded the Women of Color Quilters Network which has been a major force in fostering the fiberart works of African American people. She is a frequent consultant for art exhibitions, authors, and historians. Mazloomi is also author of the book Spirits of the Cloth and Threads of Faith. She has been involved in the economic development of women through the arts for over twenty years. Visit her website at: www. carolynlmazloomi.com.

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