Publications

Journey of Hope:
Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama
(Voyageur Publications, Minneapolis, MN, 2010) Journey of Hope is a gallery of more than 100 stunning quilts inspired by President Obama’s historic path to the White House. The works range from the poignantly abstract to the grippingly realistic and feature techniques including piecing, painting, appliqué, embroidery, dyeing, beading, and more.
Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Traditional (Paper Moon Publishing, West Chester, OH, 2007) 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.
Spirits of the Cloth Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts (Clarkson Potter Press/Random House, New York, NY, 1998) Spirits of the Cloth is one of the first popular books to showcase the work of contemporary African-American quilters. Winner of ” Non-Fiction Best Book” of the Year by the American Library Association.
Quilting African American Womens History Quilting African American Women’s History: Our Challenges, Creativity, and Champions (Paper Moon Publishing, West Chester, OH, 2008) The book is a visual survey of African American women’s history through art. The artworks, created by fifty-three women and men, speak of challenges, creativity, and champions of African American women.
Threads of Faith Threads of Faith: Recent Works
from the Women of Color Quilters Network 
(Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY, 2004) Threads of Faith details how today’s African American artisans are reinvigorating a traditional craft form and developing religious imagery which reflects their lives and communities. The artworks in Threads of Faith represent a blending of African and European religious traditions and illustrate a variety of interpretations, styles, uses, and techniques.
Conscience of the Human Spirit:
The Life of Nelson Mandela 
(Michigan State University Press, 2014) In 2013 the world mourned the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, one of its most revered champions of human rights. Mandela provided a moral compass for how we treat each other, how we lead our own lives, and how we need to continue to strive for a just, fair, non-racial, and democratic society. Artists around the world have long made quilts in tribute to Mandela and in support and advocacy for the principles to which he was devoted. But it was for South Africans and African Americans, that making quilts in tribute to Mandela has had special meaning. An exhibition, featuring over 80 quilts made in 2013 and 2014, developed by the Michigan State University Museum and the Women of Color Quilters Network in association with quilt artists across South Africa.
Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations (Schiffer Publications, Atglen, PA, 2015) Contemporary quilt artists trace the path of black history in the United States with ninety-seven original works exploring important events, places, people and ideas over 400 years. The quilts are arranged in chronological order, with each artist providing narrative explaining the important stories and histories behind the quilts.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES FEATURING MY WORK:

Atlanta, Georgia, Connell Gallery.  Comments on the American 20th Century.  Text by Martha Connell.

Beijing, China, United States Embassy.  The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers from 21st Century America, 2013.

Charlotte, North Carolina, Mint Museum of Craft + Design. An Inaugural Gift: The Founders Circle Collection.  Charlotte, 2000.

Charlotte, North Carolina, Afro-American Cultural Center.  Hand Me Downs: Innovation Within A Tradition. Text by Dr. Michael Harris.  Charlotte, 1995.

Chattanooga, TN, Memorial Health Care System Foundation. Art For Healing. 2004.

Golden, Colorado, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.  Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky

Mountain Quilt Museum. Text by Judith Trager and Heida Krakauer Row. 2005.

Hartford, Connecticut, CRT Gallery.  African-American Artisans-Textiles and Quilts.  Text by Sabbaye McGriff, Hartford, 1991.

Indianapolis, Indiana, Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Stitch by Stitch: A Quilt Potpourri.  Text by Niloo Imami-Paydar, 1996.

Los Angeles, California, Autry Museum of Western Culture. Patterns of Progress: Quilts in the Machine Age. Text by Barbara Brackman.  Los Angeles, 1997.

Louisville, Kentucky, Museum of Natural History.  Always There:  The African American Presence in American Quiltmaking.  Text by Cuesta Benberry, Kentucky Quilt Project.  Louisville,1992.

New York City, New York City College.  Joining Forces: Living Art on the Hill, 2013.

New York City, New York, Bard Graduate School of Design.  Women Designers in the USA: 1900-2000.  Edited by Pat Kirkham, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT. 2000.

Nuremberg, Germany, The center for Intercultural Research of Women’s Daily Lives. The Art of  Survival.  Nuremberg, 1995.

Oakland, California, Oakland Museum of Art. Women of Taste: A Collaboration of Fiber Artists and Chefs. Text by Jen Bilik, C & T Publishing Co., 1999.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Contemporary Craft Society.  Stop Asking…We Exist.

Washington, D.C., World Bank Art Society.  A Women’s View: Equality, Development and Peace. Text by Regine Boucard, Vasia Deliyianna, and Alicia Hetzner.

Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution. Art Quilts: Playing With A Full Deck.  Text by Verna    Suit, Pomegranate Press, San Francisco, 1994.

Washington, D.C., The Corcoran Gallery of Art.  I remember…Thirty Years After the March on Washington: Images of the civil Rights Movement 1963-1993. Text by Edward Spriggs, Dr. Floyd Coleman, and Dr. Ronald Waters.

Wilberforce, Ohio, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. Innervisions:           Individuality and Creativity Among Ohio Artists of African Descent. Text by Dr. John               Fleming. Wilberforce, 1998.

Wilberforce, Ohio, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.  Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects.  Text by Nkiru Nzegwu. Wilberforce, 1993.

 

BOOKS FEATURING MY WORK:

A Communion of the Spirits: African American Quilters, Preservers, and their Stories by Roland L. Freeman, Rutledge Press, Nashville, TN, 1996.

Action Programmes, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland, 1993.

African American National Biography, Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 2005.

Art Quilts by Robert Shaw, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 1997.

Artist as Activist, Saad Ghosn,Ghosn Publishing, Cincinnati, OH, 201

Black Family Reunion Dinner Cookbook, National Council of Negro Women,                         Washington, D. C., 1993.

Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook by Kyra Hicks, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2003.

Capturing History on Cloth: African American Quilts as Cultural and Historical Records by Molly Braswell, University of North Carolina, Ashville, NC. 2005

Contemporary Pictorial Quilts by Wendy Lavitt, Gibbs Smith, Layton, Utah, 1993.

Craft Activism: People, Ideas and Projects from the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Make Join In by Joan Tapper and Gate Zucker.

Encyclopedia of African American Folklore by Anand Prahad., Greenwood Press. 2006

Encyclopedia of African American Visual Artists. Greenwood Publications, Westport, CT, 2009.

Fiberarts Design Book Five by Ann Batchelder and Nancy Orban, Lark Books, Ashville, NC, 1995

Fiberarts Design Book Six by Lark Press, Ashville, NC, 1999.

Great American Quilts, Oxmoor Press, Birmingham, AL, 1992.

Hemslojd, Quilting a Residency by Helena Gustavsson, February 2014.

Hidden in Plain View by Dr. Raymond Dobard and Jacqueline Tobin, Doubleday Books, New York City, 1999.

Mkutano: Coming Together, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1991.

Living Their Soul Purposes: Interviews With 25 Healers by Doris Schnetzer. 2014

Perspectives: Authentic Voices of African Americans, Curriculum Associates, North Billerica, MA 1995.

Quilting Transformed: Leaders in Contemporary Quilting in the United States – The 20th Century and Beyond by Jacqueline M. Atkins, Japan Handicrafts Instructors Association, Tokyo, Japan

Quilts and Art: 1969-1980 by Sandra Sider, University of Nebraska Press, 2010.

Quilts – A Living American Tradition by Robert Shaw, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 1994.

Quilts Around the World: The Story of Quilting from Alabama to Zimbabwe by Spike Gillespie. Voyaguer Press, St. Paul, MN

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 2002.  Archives of American Art, Oral History Interviews.

Smithsonian Directory of African American Folklorist, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., 1985.

Star Quilts, Asian Women Human Rights Council, Bangalore, India, 1995.

The African American Almanac, Gale Associates, Detroit, MI, 1997.

The Lord’s Supper Pattern Book: Harriet Powers’ Lost Bible Story by Kyra Hicks.

The Quilted Planet by Celia Eddy.  Mitchell Beaszley Press, London England. 2005

Uncoverings, American Quilt Study Group, San Francisco, CA, 1993.

With Sacred Threads: Spirituality of Quilting by Barb Davis and Susan Towner-Larsen, Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, OH, 1999.