Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Gee's Bend

The day after visiting the gardens the weather was dreadful; heavy rains and wind were forecasted. A trip to the Missouri History Museum seemed a good way to spend the day. And look what was there! Part of the Gee's Bend exhibit. The quilts were much more vibrant than I imagined, such warm and rich colors. I know some quilters are unimpressed with the quilts, not liking the hodgepodge piecing approach used, but I found them rather amazing. Do you?


Heidi said...

I was so moved by the exhibit I saw in Florida, I cried. Not only from the quilts, but also from the narrative movie they had playing. I remember one of the artists stating that her only happy moment in a day full of hard labor was making quilts. Scrounging up any fabric that wasn't too warn down... Very inspiring!

The uneven designs add to the charm of the quilts. They used what they had and adapted their work to that restriction. I think any medium does that to you. It has its restrictions, so you work pushing those til they break and work within those constraints. It makes you a better artist :)

Anonymous said...


Lauri said...

I love all of the Gee's Bend quilts I've seen in photos! Unfortunately, I missed my chance to see them when they were in Houston a few years ago.