Textural Rhythms - Quilting the Jazz Tradition
by Carolyn L. Mazloomi with Foreword by Faith Ringgold
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. Quilt making, as in jazz, evokes a host of complex rhythms and moods, then captured by the creative process. 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. The "Textural Rhythms" quilt exhibition releases both the individual particles and the synergistic power of this explosion. "Textural Rhythms" unites the two most well known and popular artistic forms in African American culture, jazz and quilts. The exhibition of 64 quilts includes work from some of America’s best-known African American quilters such as Michael Cummings, Edjohnetta Miller, Tina Brewer, and Jim Smoote. This accompanying book offers an in-depth look at the exhibit. "Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition" by Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Foreword by Faith Ringgold, Contributions by Farah Jasmine Griffin and Tammy L. Kernodle.
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