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Attending Various Lectures and Exhibition


Attending Various Lectures and Exhibition


Patricia A. Montgomery & Helen Anderson

                During our apprenticeship Helen and Patricia attended various lectures and the exhibition titled “Textual Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Traditions, Contemporary African American Quilts” at the Museum of African Diaspora located in San Francisco, CA. The African American Quilting Guild of Oakland had creative and talented African American guest speakers such as Alice M. Beasley; Karen Boutte; Marion Coleman; and Patricia Turner, PHD. These speakers shared unique views of their creative process; personal and historical themes and how their work has impact on the world of quilting.

            “Textual Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Traditions, Contemporary African American Quilts” was curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, Founder and coordinator of the Women of Color Network combine the African American culture, jazz and quilts. The top Bay Area quilters included in this exhibition are Marion Coleman, Alice M. Beasley and Keisha Roberts.  Most of the quilts in this exhibition are considered art quilts; there are various traditional quilting techniques such as strip piecing; crazy quilt patterns; the use of bright colors and the sharing of story.  Helen enjoyed seeing this exhibition and learned how various techniques and color were used and how the machine quilting stitch added to the composition to form line and texture.

Alice Beasley, Textile Artist 

Her portfolio consists of portraits and still life art quilts that are created from commercial fabrics.  Her composition incorporates light and shadow similar to how a painter’s work.  Helen learned from Alice color usage; how she created the light and shadow; composition design and how she developed her drawing skills and techniques from “Drawing on the Artist Within” by Betty Edwards.

Karen Boutte, Quilt Designer, Author, Instructor and Lecturer 

 helen model coat 


Family history; wearable art and stories about slavery are some of the creative concepts Karen uses in her work. Helen had an opportunity to model one of Butte’s coats during her presentation.




Marion Coleman, Textile & Mixed Media Artist 

white quilt 


Marion work with family stories and social change concepts. Her portfolio consists of abstractions, ethnic arts, narrative stitched stories and fiber collage portraits. Helen was inspired by Marion use of digital images in her compositions and desires to learn the technique of creating digital image fabric.

Patricia Turner, PhD Author of Crafted Lives, Stories and Studies of African American Quilters

pat quilt 


Using examples from Elizabeth Keckley, Gwen Magee and the members of the African American Quilter Guild of Oakland, her PowerPoint presentation documented the ways in which the design, execution and distribution of quilts has been used to advance the political philosophy of the quilter.